WATCH: Archbishop's IF campaign message to churches
Saturday 8th June 2013The Archbishop of Canterbury sent this video message to churches for the launch of the IF campaign against hunger
The Archbishop of Canterbury prays that Christians be committed to ending global hunger "in our lifetimes" in this video message marking the launch of the IF campaign against hunger.
Speaking to church audiences, he tells Christians that "the generosity that Jesus Christ has shown us" is a gift "which we're called to share with others around the world".
The IF campaign, which is made up of more than 200 charities, faith groups and organisations, is urging G8 leaders to take big steps that will tackle the global injustice of hunger.
Archbishop Justin continues: "One of the things that most excites me as a church leader is the role that the church has in ending global hunger and poverty," the Archbishop says. "In many parts of the world, the churches are the most effective networks, through which generosity from other people can be used most effectively and without actually displacing or diminishing the work of the people on the ground locally - local people developing their own countries.
The G8 is the centre of financial resource and power in all kinds of ways, he says.
"Many members of the G8 are increasingly deeply committed to using that power for the global good. Our own Government is one that has very courageously, at a time of austerity, increased its giving in aid. But it’s important that we put before them the needs of the global community in which we live and with which we are interdependent.
"One of the biggest issues we face is around how aid is used. The issues of tax transparency are increasingly at the top of the agenda and are really, really important."
The Archbishop says that, in many parts of the world, churches are the most effective networks through which generosity from other people can be used most effectively "without actually displacing or diminishing the work of the people on the ground locally - local people developing their own countries."
"My prayer would be that in this country and across the world, that we are deeply committed to enabling people to be self-sustaining, so that global hunger can be ended in our lifetimes,” he says.
About the IF campaign
Two million children around the world die each year from hunger. Although there is enough food for everyone, one in eight people do not have enough to eat. This year, the IF campaign calls on world leaders to tackle hunger and save millions of lives.
The G8 can take three big steps towards ending hunger IF they:
· Clamp down on tax havens and launch a convention on tax transparency to stop the flow of billions of pounds out of developing countries – money that could be used to end hunger.
· Help poor countries make sure that everyone, especially children, have enough nutritious food to eat and support poor families to grow their own food.
· Give people in developing countries more control over their land by protecting poor farmers from land grabs and using land to grow food not fuel.