Monthly Archives: June 2010

Could UNESC-UH-OH become UNESC-Woo-Hoo?

Stop Press: Success!

Last month, you let the UN know that you thought it was out of order that they were funding an award recognising work that improves the quality of human life, that was being funded by a man who presides over an appalling record of human rights violations and corruption.

Hundreds of you badgered the Director General of UNESCO, the United Nations’ arm for education, science and culture, to stop honouring a corrupt dictator and to demonstrate that it won’t endorse corruption or dictatorship by cancelling the prize.

Today we’ve heard that, thanks to the concerns raised by you and countless others, UNESCO have announced that they are to delay awarding the prize, funded by and named after Equatorial Guinea’s longtime dictator, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

This is really encouraging news and SuperBadger is delighted that our voices have been listened to. But he wants to make sure that the awarding of the prize is not only postponed until October, but that it is stopped all together.

Take a few minutes to get involved and let UNESCO know that they must cancel the prize altogether. Head over to http://apps.facebook.com/superbadger to take action and send a message that the UN should not be honouring a leader who has neglected his country.

For a bit more information about the prize, take a look at the news article below:
UNESCO delays awarding contested prize

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Mr Badger Goes To Westminster

Well today was a very exciting day! SuperBadger and some of his Tearfund colleagues spent their lunchtime outside one of the most famous doors in the world – 10 Downing Street!

Along with Ben, Jay, Helen, Heather, Jack and Sarah, SuperBadger was on a mission to deliver over 10,000 campaign actions to the Prime Minister, asking him to prioritise development and climate change. Thousands of you have taken action to remind the PM that we care about the poor, and that we want our government to show leadership on tackling injustice.

Luckily, the team just about managed to avoid the rain and managed to take some pictures of the hand-in, and even made some short video clips – keep your eyes out for these, coming soon!

Tearfund staff at Number 10

It’s great to be able to take our campaigns direct to the government, and really encouraging to know that key decision makers do see and hear our petitions, and do act on them!

Keep your eyes peeled for new actions coming soon at http://apps.facebook.com/superbadger and, until next time, happy badgering!