Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop, joined
12 other Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders Dec. 1 in asking U.S.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to urge the Bush administration to
substantially increase U.S. assistance to developing countries as part
of the Millennium Development Goals and other poverty-focused programs.
Meeting with Rice in Washington, D.C., the leaders emphasized ways the World Trade Organization’s current talks on trade negotiations in developing countries—the Doha Development Round—will impact poor people.
David Beckmann, an ELCA pastor and president of the advocacy group Bread for the World, led the religious leaders in calling for the trade round to focus on:
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