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The Right to the Future Campaign was opened for signature collection between 20 February and the Conference of Rio (Rio +20), June 22. 
In conjunction with Terre des Hommes and The World Future Council, the petition proposed to have an ombudsman appointed to give voice to the interests and rights of future generations.


The petition adressed that the Rio+20 Conference should not be simply one more occasion when vain promises shunt responsibility aside for another 20 years.


"We want it to lead to a serious commitment by world leaders to create the figure of an Ombudsman at regional, national and international levels, to defend the rights and interests of future generations. We want Future Generations to be acknowledged as Right-Holders and, as such, the sanctioning of the right to the future as a human right. Speak out in favour of those who are unable to do so for themselves, to defend a life of dignity and a healthy planet with resources for us, our children, our grandchildren and the generations to come."

Some 130 thousand million dollars are spent every year in the effort to eradicate poverty.

The current global crisis affecting us all, the galloping climate changes, and the food crises that have such a devastating effect especially on the world’s poorest people, make it even more vital that the aid given produces positive results.

As citizens, we are all entitled to know how the Public Development Aid money is being spent. To this end, we invite you to sign the worldwide petition that appeals to governments for greater transparency in Public Aid.

And Public Development Aid really does make a difference. It can save lives, send children to school and reduce many people’s poverty and suffering. The problem is that, at the moment, we don’t know exactly how much money is being spent, where and on what. In many cases, not even the countries who receive aid have a true vision of where and how the money is being used, and this is a reality that reduces the potential and the effectiveness of the aid. If more information were available, the citizens of both the donating countries and those receiving aid, would know with certainty if the aid provided was making the best possible impact.

The Zero Poverty Campaign is a national campaign to mobilise resources that Oikos has been coordinating since 2005. It arose out of the need to make the Portuguese public aware of the circumstances of extreme poverty across the world and of the fact that the majority of the world’s population lacks basic health care and access to primary schooling.


The solution possible at this point in time would be the achievement of the 8 Millennium Goals and, specifically with respect to Portugal, the fulfilment of the promise of Public Development Aid to the value of 0.7% of the GNP until 2015.

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