President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
We respectfully ask our government to help stop the tens of thousands of preventable deaths that occur every day from hunger and poverty-related diseases.
Specifically, we ask our country to honor the agreement it made and signed at the 2002 Monterrey Conference and again at the 2002 Johannesburg Summit to make concrete efforts towards giving 0.7% of our national income in aid to poor countries.
The United Nations estimates that when all 22 countries that signed the agreement meet the 0.7% goal, the resulting $195 billion each year will be enough to effectively end hunger and extreme poverty in the world.
We commend the countries that have already reached the 0.7% goal: Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.
We also commend the countries that have set up a schedule to meet the 0.7% goal and encourage them in their efforts to reach it as soon as possible: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
We respectfully ask the six remaining countries to honor their agreement and set up a schedule to reach the 0.7% goal: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United States.
|COUNTRY||Aid as % of income||How close to the|
|Sweden||1.03||Already reached goal|
|Luxembourg||0.89||Already reached goal|
|Norway||0.89||Already reached goal|
|Netherlands||0.81||Already reached goal|
|Denmark||0.80||Already reached goal|
|Ireland||0.53||Scheduled for 2012|
|United Kingdom||0.52||Scheduled for 2013|
|Belgium||0.50||Scheduled for 2010|
|Austria||0.48||Scheduled for 2015|
|France||0.47||Scheduled for 2012|
|Switzerland||0.39||No schedule yet|
|Finland||0.39||Scheduled for 2010|
|Germany||0.36||Scheduled for 2014|
|Spain||0.32||Scheduled for 2012|
|Canada||0.30||No schedule yet|
|Australia||0.30||No schedule yet|
|New Zealand||0.27||No schedule yet|
|Japan||0.25||No schedule yet|
|Portugal||0.21||Scheduled for 2015|
|Italy||0.20||Scheduled for 2015|
|United States||0.17||No schedule yet|
|Greece||0.16||Scheduled for 2015|