Sample Letters

 

Here are some sample letters you can send to political representatives or your local media.

Click here if you live in a donor country that has not given a timetable to fulfill its 0.7% commitment (Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Switzerland, United States)

Click here if you live in a developing country


Letter for the political representative of a donor country not fulfilling its 0.7% commitment
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<Representative>
<Address>

Dear <Representative>:

I am writing to urge you to support increased development assistance for the world’s poorest countries. Around the world, more than one billion people live on less than a dollar a day. Every thirty seconds, an African child dies of malaria. Millions of people lack access to safe water or sanitation. These terrible problems can be solved, but only if we take urgent action to meet the Millennium Development Goals, the internationally agreed objectives for eliminating poverty in its many forms.

The United Nations Millennium Project recently released a report called Investing in Development, available at http://www.unmillenniumproject.org. I urge you to read it, and to act on it. It shows that the problems of global poverty have practical, proven solutions: things like insecticide-treated anti-malarial bed-nets, soil nutrients and improved agricultural techniques, and the training of community health and agricultural extension workers. We don’t have to stand by and let poverty destroy the lives of yet another generation. We can end poverty if we take steps now.

To end poverty, we have to invest in solutions, some of which will save and improve lives almost immediately. For example, eliminating user fees for primary health care and basic education has drastically improved access to schools and clinics in Uganda. Others, like training nurses and teachers, will take time, but are no less important. But these things all cost money. The good news is that it won’t take much, at least not compared to how much we have promised to provide. Our country has committed to spending 0.7% of national income – a pittance – on eliminating poverty, but we haven’t come anywhere close to keeping that promise.

I believe we live in a country that should keep its promises and commit to investing in the elimination of global poverty. I ask that you make the fulfillment of our 0.7% promise a high priority and propose a timeline for our country to meet our commitments by 2015. If we can do this, the world stands a good chance of meeting the Millennium Development Goals. Please let me know what you plan to do to make sure that our generation succeeds in ending poverty.

Thank you very much,


Letter for the political representative of a developing country
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<Representative>
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Dear <Representative>:

I am writing to urge you to support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in our country. For decades, we have talked about eliminating poverty, and it is time to move from declarations to action. The United Nations Millennium Project recently released a report called Investing in Development, which is available, free of charge, at http://www.unmillenniumproject.org. I urge you to read it, and to act on it. It shows that the problems of our country have can be solved with practical, proven solutions: things like insecticide-treated anti-malarial bed-nets, soil nutrients and improved agricultural techniques, and the training of community health and agricultural extension workers. We don’t have to stand by and let poverty destroy the lives of yet another generation. We can end poverty if we take steps now.

But to end poverty, we have to work strategically, and we have to work together. I urge you to commit fully to the Millennium Development Goals and ensure that our country’s development policies and planning are consistent with their achievement. I also ask you to work closely with civil society groups, including women and youth, to bring the full strength of our country to bear on our common problems. I want my descendants to live in a country where every child can go to school, where mothers no longer die in childbirth, and where people have the chance to thrive and prosper. I hope you will help ensure that our country becomes such a place within our lifetimes.

Thank you very much,