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UN's Ban Ki-Moon to address MEPs as poverty takes center stage in Strasbourg

Monday, 18 October 2010
A giant blue ribbon have been placed at the main entrance of the EP in Strasbourg to mark the International Day Against Poverty (Photo: European Parliament)The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is due to address MEPs tomorrow during October’s plenary session and alongside the Parliament's President Jerzy Buzek will launch a blue-ribbon campaign to symbolise the fight against poverty.

Designated as the UN Eradication of Poverty Day, October 17th marked the beginning of a week of events to highlight the problem of poverty at the European Parliament, with the EU already having defined 2010 as the European Year against Poverty.

Estimated to affect around 85 million people in EU, some 17% of the population, it is expected that Ban Ki-Moon will speak at length about this problem while also addressing the likelihood of micro financing to lift people out of poverty, the next steps in the fight against climate change ahead of the Cancún conference in December and review the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit in his address.

Ban Ki-Moon is due to begin his address before Parliament at 11am (GMT) immediately following a plenary debate on the eradication of poverty. A press conference has been scheduled to take place immediately afterwards. Both can be viewed via EPlive.

In other business of note in Strasbourg this week, President Buzek will deliver a mid-term review of his own period in office, on Wednesday at 11am (GMT) and MEPs will vote on whether to extend the period of full-paid maternity leave from 14 to 20 weeks and also have their say on the EU’s budget for the 2011. The winner of the annual Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought will also be revealed on Thursday with three finalists selected by members of the Foreign Affairs committee this evening.

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