Today in Northern Ireland, less than 48 hours before world leaders descend on Enniskillen for the G8 summit, thousands of people braved the bad weather to attend the Big IF Belfast rally. They were there to demand that G8 leaders take action to make 2013 the beginning of the end for global hunger.
This morning we secured another major breakthrough. A London summit agreed to remove a big obstacle to a clampdown on tax dodging. All the UK-linked tax havens have now signed up to share information with developing countries. This is a major success and wouldn’t have happened without you.
But the bigger deal at the G8 – which would really help developing countries – still hangs in the balance. Now the G8 must make sure that any tax deal includes poor countries and stops phantom firms from draining vital resources needed to tackle hunger. The thousands who gathered in Belfast today – and the hundreds of thousands of you who have supported the IF campaign over the last six months (including thousands of CAFOD supporters) – have sent a clear message to the G8. You’ve told them that they have the power to stop the scandal of 1 in 8 of the world’s population going to bed hungry every night.
We are now at a pivotal point. You can add your voice to the thousands who made a massive noise in Belfast today by tweeting @David_Cameron or leaving a message on this post on his Facebook page. Tell him that he must seize this huge opportunity to lead the G8 agenda. The fact that over half the world’s trade is still done through tax havens, and that areas the size of London are being bought up in land grabs every 6 days, illustrates the need for change.
Chair, IF campaign organising committee