More than 2,000 campaigners descended on Birmingham on Sunday to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the city's human chain during the G8 summit in 1998, to urge politicians once again to 'drop the debt' faced by many Third World countries.
Delegates at the Journey to Justice conference, at the International Convention Centre which staged the original event, formed a new chain of more than 10,000 paper links, to be presented to world leaders at this year's G8 summit in Japan.
Faith and community leaders joined political activists and local politicians to hear what has been achieved since 70,000 people joined hands across the city on May 16, 1998 - which included video messages from Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia.
Since then $88 billion has been cancelled in 20 countries, including Tanzania and Zambia, but Jubilee Debt Campaign supporters want debts of $400 billion to be eradicated in another 100 countries.
Mr Brown, who referred to the human chain as "a seminal moment" for the city, urged campaigners to keep pestering politicians to maintain the campaign's momentum.
He said: "It was a seminal moment marking the start of a new call to action from campaigners. I am proud the UK led the way in achieving those commitments, but there's still more to do and for that we need campaigners like you, and I would like to thank you for what you've done so far, and what you will continue to do."
Ms Sirleaf, the first woman elected leader of an African country, explained what a difference debt-cancellation has had on Liberia.
She said: "We have extraordinary levels of debt, inherited from earlier regimes which limit the possibility of financial recovery. $4.7 billion in debt against our $200 million yearly budget has always been a dark cloud over us.
"But since December $900 million has been frozen by the World Bank, African Bank and Paris Club. We are due to reach completion by mid-2009, and expect to get full benefit in being free from these debts."
Patricia Rogers, co-ordinator of the Jubilee Debt Campaign, which organised Sunday's event, said: "Ten years ago the thousands who formed a human chain around Birmingham during the G8 summit helped propel this issue high up on the political agenda. Tens of millions of children can now go to school who were unable to get an education before, and many more families can access clean water, but there's still a lot more to do."