Religious Leaders to Urge Rice for Anti-Poverty Ahead of WTO

With the World Trade Organization (WTO) meetings less than two weeks away, Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders will meet today in Washington with Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to urge the United States to take a leadership role at the meetings in Hong Kong.

Leaders from Christian anti-poverty advocacy groups, denominational leaders and others will call on Rice to continue her push for anti-poverty efforts, ensuring fairer trade by ending farm subsidies, and to take action on Capitol Hill so that Congress lives up to recent development aid pledges, which have so far come up short.

In mid-November, during a visit to Asia, Rice pressed Asia-Pacific countries to push strongly for a trade deal that could raise millions out of poverty at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in South Korea