The President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, has committed to the fight against extreme poverty and for sustainable development. Heeding the call of over 250 ONE Youth Ambassadors across Europe, he signed a pledge to ensure the EU keeps its promises to achieve the Sustainable Developments Goals by 2030.
ONE youth activists also secured the support of over 150 of the newly elected Members of the European Parliament from across the political spectrum, including Siegfried Mureșan.
The volunteers have the backing of European citizens: Almost 9 in 10 EU Europeans feel it is important to help people in developing countries, according to the latest Eurobarometer results.
Laura Visan, a 31 year-old Youth Ambassador from Romania, affirmed: “I’m really excited that our President is sharing the same concerns as many ONE Youth Ambassadors all over Europe, namely the need to fight extreme poverty, empower women and girls and promote better access to healthcare, be it in Africa or within the EU.
The EU needs to remain a global leader on these issues and I am thrilled that the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council has put the Sustainable Development Goals high on their agenda.
Now, we need a shared commitment from our politicians to champion this fight together with the rest of us in order to make our world a better place. We have to start now, and we need to make this a priority for Europe!”
Friederike Röder, EU and France Director at ONE, said: “The EU leaders should listen to our Youth Ambassadors: they are their electorate and they have a clear message. Europe needs to keep leading the fight for a better world for all of us, at home and abroad.
The EU is a champion in international development, and Youth Ambassadors are doing their part to make sure it stays that way. EU leaders have a responsibility to listen to young people and join the fight.”
ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organisation taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Not politically partisan, we raise public awareness and press political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programmes. Read more at www.one.org.
ONE Youth Ambassador Programme
ONE Youth Ambassadors are a dedicated team of volunteers across Europe, chosen through an open application process, who campaign to end extreme poverty. They engage decision makers, work to raise the profile of ONE campaigns, and encourage the public to support ONE petitions and other actions through online activity and local events.
The 2019 group will be campaigning on girl’s education, transparency, development and health to help ONE achieve the goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030. To find out more and what we’ve done in past years, go to one.org/youthambassadors.
ONE Vote campaign
The results of the 2019 European elections will determine whether the Sustainable Development Goals are likely to be fulfilled and will define the future partnership with Africa. ONE Youth Ambassadors are seizing this opportunity to make sure candidates hear that extreme poverty is an issue their constituents.
For more information:
On the campaign: https://www.one.org/onevote2019/
On the updated list of signers: https://www.one.org/onevote2019/en/tracker/
On the pledge candidates are agreeing to sign go to: