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International aid group calls on Yousaf to act

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It wants Scotland to lead action on the global stage

An aid group is urging Humza Yousaf to champion key global issues. 

Sciaf's First for Justice campaign is calling on Yousaf to establish his commitment as first minister to put Scotland at the forefront of calls to build a "just and green world." 

The campaign is calling for leadership on the world stage through action on natural disasters; champion food justice across the world; get the nation on track to achieve and surpass Scotland’s climate change targets; and host an expert summit to re-energise action on these issues at home and internationally.

The campaign is set to galvanize action at a grassroots level from people, parishes and communities across Scotland who want to see Scotland’s New First Minister commit to solving the most challenging global issues.  

Katie Ann McGeary, a Sciaf campaigning officer, said: “Failing to act on these priorities is destroying the lives of people who are already living in some of the world’s most challenging circumstances.  

 “We want people in Scotland to act with us and sign a letter to Humza Yousaf through the First for Justice campaign – now is the time to establish his commitment to putting Scotland at the forefront of calls to build a just and green world.” 

Ben Wilson, the charity's head of advocacy, said: “The campaign is sending a clear message to the first minister – people in Scotland care deeply about acting for a just and fair world and want to see that reflected in our commitments as a nation.

"Bold commitment to these key asks would act to cement Scotland’s status as a progressive player on the global stage.  

“Signing up to our letter is an act of support for our sisters and brothers in need who desperately want Scotland on their side in the fight for a fairer, more equal world.

"There are so many ways to get involved - each individual, parish or community group can take further action with Sciaf's support and bring our united message to Scotland’s decision makers.”  

Volunteer Michael Rainey said: “I hate injustice – so I hope signing this letter, albeit a small act, will encourage Mr Yousaf and the Scottish Government to do everything they can to free people from the injustices that shape their lives.”  

The letter is available to sign on the Sciaf website until late June 2023.

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