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Poverty campaigners set for summit

01.01.70

Anti-poverty campaigners were today gearing up for a major summit in Manchester which will look at how best to build on the groundswell of support for last year's Make Poverty History campaign.

The conference has been organised by the Manchester arm of the World Development Movement (WDM), one of the founding organisations behind Make Poverty History.

Entitled "Where Next After Make Poverty History", the summit is taking place on March 31 and will feature talks by Benedict Southworth, director of WDM, and John Leech, MP for Manchester Withington.

Global justice campaigners will examine the successes, failures and future challenges for the campaign and what was achieved in 2005 when the UK, as host of the G8 and chair of the EU, had a central role on the global stage.

They will tackle questions such as "What was the true meaning of the G8 debt deal?" and "What really happened at the World Trade Organisation talks in Hong Kong?".

Speakers will also discuss the future of the fight against world poverty, including how to build on the thunderous momentum of Make Poverty History when millions of people expressed solidarity for the cause by wearing white wristbands.

The summit is being staged at 7pm on March 31 in the Percival Suite, Cross Street Chapel, Manchester.

WDM has been campaigning on debt, trade and aid for more than 30 years and was a founding member of the Trade Justice Movement and the Jubilee Debt Campaign and now Make Poverty History.

For more information about the campaign visit the official website at www.wdm.org.uk

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