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CBM USA stands up and speaks out to world leaders on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

GREENVILLE, SC, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ - The numbers are staggering -- over 20% of people living in poverty in developing countries have a disability.

"It's not the impairment or disability which creates dependency and poverty in people with disabilities, but their exclusion from mainstream social, economic and political opportunities," says Ron Nabors, Chief Executive Officer of CBM USA.

"We have to work together to stand up and speak out on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty to encourage all governments to honour their commitments."

In 2000, leaders of 189 countries signed the Millennium Development Goals, a global plan to halve poverty by 2015. Every day, 50,000 people die as a result of extreme poverty. Over 1.2 billion people live on less than $1 per day - yet the world has never been so prosperous.

The world has enough money, resources and technology to end poverty forever. This year, 2007, marks the halfway point to achieving the MDGs, but at this rate many Goals will not be met.

"It is more urgent than ever that we intensify our efforts to encourage promises made to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and end poverty are kept," says Nabors.

Can you image having a disability, being the poorest of the poor? It's a terrible vicious cycle. People are poor because they are disabled and disabled because they are poor. Because they have disabilities, they cannot get a proper education or make an adequate living which leads to poverty and poverty continues the cycle of disabilities.

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed every year since 1993, when the General Assembly, by resolution 47/196, designated October 17th to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries, particularly in developing countries - a need that has become a development priority.

CBM currently supports 1,011 disability-focused projects in 112 countries Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

CBM is an expert at helping people with disabilities throughout the developing world.

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