Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC) in collaboration with other Civil Society organizations in Ghana has embarked on a massive campaign dubbed: ‘#Action 2015’.
The Campaign was aimed at mobilizing about 5 million Ghanaians to influence Government’s decision ahead of the International Financing Development Conference which will be taking place in Ethiopia- Addis Ababa.
Addressing the media the Policy Analyst, Integrated Social Development Centre Mr. Bernard Anaba, noted that the motive of the campaign was to inform the government to fairly fund essential services, honour its commitments and also crack down on tax dodging.
According to him, more than 70 cities around the world, including Accra and tens-of-thousands campaigners backed by leaders such as Desmond Tutu are hiting the streets calling on the government leaders to use the summit to tackle tax injustice and how to fund fairly with a focus on the marginalized the people living in poverty. He indicated over 800 million people around the world are below the poverty line.
This he said is not good enough, so when fund fairly it will bring relief to some of people in Ghana.
He said the demonstration forms part of the action 2015 movement- on eve of the third Financing for Development Summit in Addis Ababa(13-16 July, 2015) , at which heads of state and finance ministries are being called upon to fund the next 15years of sustainable Development and long-term action on climate change.
In Kenya’s Mathare slum in Nairobi, as many as 5,000 are expected to attend the rally.
While in Pretoria, South Africa, young people from across the country also participated in the demonstration outside the Finance Ministry to highlight economic inequality. In India, thousands of young people led the mobilization in 15 states.
Action2015 is a growing citizens’ movement made up of almost 2000 organizations, networks and coalitions from 145 countries. With the belief that 2015 is a critical year for progress in the fight against climate change, poverty and equality.
By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo /NewsGhana.com.gh