23 February 2005
In a keynote speech at the Annual Conference of the National Council for Voluntary Organizations (NCVO) recently, Salil Shetty, Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign urged the audience to support this year's worldwide action against poverty.
The NVCO conference is the country's largest gathering of charity leaders from a wide range of backgrounds - from bingo clubs to cancer care.
Mr. Shetty argued that even those in the voluntary sector with no involvement in overseas aid should join the MakePovertyHistory mobilization. He told the 600 delegates, "you can do a great deal in the UK by mobilizing your own constituencies."
Citing that countless independent public opinion surveys globally, and in the UK showed that the voluntary sector and NGO leaders, including those representing particular faiths, are amongst the most trusted institutions and individuals in society today, Shetty underlined the strength that the voluntary sector has in mobilizing public support to make a difference.
The UK MakePovertyHistory campaign, which was originally founded by some of the biggest international development charities aims to build the broadest ever coalition of UK organizations and individuals to join together in calling for governments to make poverty history.