Trade Debt Aid
The gap between the world's rich and poor has never been wider. Malnutrition, AIDS, conflict and illiteracy are a daily reality for millions.
But it isn't chance or bad luck that keeps people trapped in bitter, unrelenting poverty. It's man-made factors like a glaringly unjust global trade system, a debt burden so great that it suffocates any chance of recovery and insufficient and ineffective aid.
Those with power
Back in 2001 the governments of the eight wealthiest nations on the planet said that they were going to do something about it - in what was seen as a breakthrough, they promised to halve world poverty by 2015.
Four years later, in 2005, the world was failing dismally to reach those targets. It still is in 2007, as we approach the half way point towards the 2015 commitments.
A real chance
2005 offered a truly exceptional set of opportunities for the UK to take a lead internationally and say that enough is enough.
With the UK hosting the G8 gathering of powerful world leaders in July 2005 as well as holding the presidency of the European Union (EU) for the second half of that year, our Government and particularly Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, could be more influential players on the world stage - Make Poverty History in 2005 was about all of us making sure they played their part.
They still have the power and we can still make them use it.