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A million urged to fight poverty
28 December 2005

London, UK: Development charity Oxfam is calling for a million people to support a new campaign to fight world poverty. It wants people to either volunteer, donate money or fight for change as part of its "I'm in" campaign.

The charity says it wants to build on support for this year's Make Poverty History push and capitalize on people's generosity after the Asian tsunami.

Despite deals on debt and aid, Oxfam wants to see more done on fair trade to reduce poverty in the longer term.

Oxfam says the need to allow poorer nations to trade free from the tariffs and trade barriers that prevent their economies growing should not be forgotten in 2006.

Campaigns director Adrian Lovett said: "To actually overcome poverty, it's not something we'll achieve in a year.

"What we have achieved in the last 12 months has been pretty remarkable, but we think that if enough people show that they weren't just interested in these issues for a brief period, that they are committed to seeing change and to keeping up the pressure for that change then we think that in the end will have an impact."

Following the Make Poverty History Campaign, the world's richest nations - the G8 - agreed a package of measures to cancel the debts and increase aid for some of the world's poorest nations.

But efforts to ensure fair trade, the third prong of the campaign, were not so successful.

Although at a recent World Trade Organisation meeting in Hong Kong, the richer nations did agree to end farm export subsidies by 2013.