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Martha Wainwright and Jim Kerr have just recorded an original version of the iconic Simple Minds song 'Promised You a Miracle', to draw attention to the hundreds of thousands of women still dying from avoidable complications in childbirth and pregnancy.

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Campaigners demand action to end poverty, 2008 G8 Summit. Emily Subden/Oxfam

Oxfam is calling on world leaders to keep the promises they made in the past and set us on the right course for the future now – on climate change, poverty and the global economy.

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Martha Wainwright and Jim Kerr record an original version of the Simple Minds song 'Promised You a Miracle' to draw attention to the thousands of women still dying from avoidable complications in childbirth and pregnancy. Credit: Alice Rosenbaum

Jim Kerr and Martha Wainwright have re-invented the iconic 80s hit Promised You A Miracle, to call on world leaders to keep the promises they have made on overseas aid and save the lives of mothers in poor countries.

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Nurse Melifa Mphasa, age 43, listens to the pregnant belly of patient Modeste in the labor ward at Bwalia 'Bottom' Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

On the 24th and 25th of June, the G8 leaders will meet in Canada. These powerful nations must keep their promises, and act now to get the Millennium Development Goals back on track.

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'Promised You a Miracle' music video draws attention to the hundreds of thousands of women still dying from avoidable complications in childbirth and pregnancy.

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Contrary to the positive picture painted by the International Monetary Fund in its 2010 World Economic Outlook, poor countries are being forced to cut back on their economic crisis-response spending too soon.

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Oxfam welcomes the action plan put forward today by the European Commission for the EU to catch up on its commitments towards the Millennium Development Goals. Member states must give their go-ahead at the EU summit in June.

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Children studying in a full classroom at Montes Namuli Primary School,Zambézia province, Mozambique on 14 April 2010. It is not unusual to have 100 children in a class, with no toilets or running water. Credit: Neo Ntsoma/Oxfam.

Poor countries are being forced to cut back on their economic crisis-response spending too soon. Education and social protection budgets are particularly badly affected. Oxfam is calling on the IMF to take steps to reverse this trend.

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The World Development Indicators report released today by the World Bank shows that sub-Saharan Africa is off-target, overall, on all Millennium Development Goals. It lays bare the human cost of rich countries' failure to deliver on their aid promises.

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A sand storm in Darfur. It is possible to travel for hundreds of kilometres without seeing a single hospital or health clinic. Schools, too, are few and far between. Credit: Adrian McIntyre/Oxfam

The 2009 overseas aid figures released today by the OECD show that rich countries are failing to deliver on their promises to poorer countries. The amount of aid has fallen by $3.5 billion when compared with last year’s prices.

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