Thursday, June 09, 2005
What I want from the G8I would like to ask the G8's leaders to show leadership, and to stop making excuses for their failure to end global poverty.
In recent years, the rhetoric in relation to international development has become increasingly warm and positive. However, there remains depressingly little evidence that the majority of the world's richest nations are prepared to commit, even a tiny proportion of their wealth, to lifting hundreds of millions of people out of abject poverty.
In 1997, the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) amounted to 0.26% of national income. Despite Gordon Brown's commendable efforts, the UK's overseas aid will only reach 0.47% of national income in 2007-2008 (approximately £6.5bn by 2008), and will take until 2012 to reach the 0.7% level.
I urge all of the leaders of the G8 to increase + accelerate their efforts to relieve the world's most impoverished nations of their debt, to make trade fairer and to commit the funds needed to meet agreed development goals.
It is now 35 years since members of UN set themselves the goal of 0.7% (recommended by the 1969 Pearson Commission report "Partners in Development"), and 5 years since almost 190 nations pledged themselves to achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
The time for talk and reports is over.
It is time to provide the necesssary funds, to implement action and to co-operate for the sake of humanity's disadvantaged majority.
For further information visit the following websites:
Make Poverty History
G8 Gleneagles 2005
One World (Canada) : Aid
Posted 12:07 pm by Matt Prescott