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Charting a course for a fairer world


Baroness Glenys Kinnock will discuss the challenges facing the battle to eradicate extreme poverty when she delivers the inaugural Newcastle Jubilee Development Lecture.

Her talk, Beyond the Millennium Development Goals: Charting a course for a fairer world, will take place on Tuesday 23 April at Newcastle University.

She will look at how continually changing economic, political and climatic conditions mean fresh thinking and new approaches are required to fight the war on want.

Baroness Kinnock said: “The UN Millennium Goals programme established in 2000 to eradicate extreme poverty by 2015 shows a combination of successes, failures and omissions. It should now be used to stimulate more effective global efforts which confront and conquer poverty and the impacts this has on over a billion children, women and men in the world.”

The lecture will be chaired by the Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Revd Martin Wharton and is sponsored by the Diocese of Newcastle, Newcastle University and the Jubilee Debt Campaign.

Baroness Kinnock enjoyed a 28-year a career in education before being elected to the European Parliament in 1994 as a Labour Member for Wales. She sat on the Development Committee and was inter alia rapporteur on the Millennium Development Goals programme and elected Co-President of the EU-Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

On her retirement from the European Parliament in 2009, she was appointed Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and made a member of the House of Lords.

She is currently Patron of the Jubilee Campaign and Womankind, Board Member of the Burma Campaign UK and the European Centre for Development, a Member of the Advisory Board of Global Witness and the Council of the Overseas Development Institute.

Her lecture will take place at 5.30pm, in the Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University. Admission is free and seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

published on: 22 April 2013