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Tell the G8 to make extreme poverty history

According to UNICEF, "around 29,000 under-fives die every day from causes that are easily prevented, such as diarrhoeal dehydration, acute respiratory infections, measles and malaria."

The international campaign "Make Poverty History" calls on the G8 to deliver a historic deal for the world's poorest people at their Africa Summit in Edinburgh from July 6-8, 2005. The G8 is a cornerstone of the transatlantic alliance since it consists of eight of the most powerful European and North American countries (as well as Japan). At their annual summits the Heads of Government of this small and mighty group discuss global economic issues and set an international agenda.

As host of this year's summit Tony Blair decided to put the focus on Africa:

In 2000, the international community set itself eight goals to achieve by 2015. The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) include targets on eradicating extreme poverty, combating HIV and AIDS and malaria, and ensuring that every child receives primary education. The UN Millennium Review Summit in 2005 will consider progress towards the MDGs. We already know that we need to do much more if we are to meet the MDGs in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is one of the reasons why UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has said that Africa will be a priority of the G8 Summit in Gleneagles.

The Atlantic Review believes that the G8 leaders need to be pressured to intensify the war on poverty. The international "Make Poverty History" aka "white band" campaign explains how you can help and how this ambitious goal can be achieved and financed. Visit the German, US, or international homepage.

New York Times writes

According to a poll, most Americans believe that the United States spends 24 percent of its budget on aid to poor countries; it actually spends well under a quarter of 1 percent. As Jeffrey Sachs, the Columbia University economist in charge of the United Nations' Millennium Project, put it so well, the notion that there is a flood of American aid going to Africa "is one of our great national myths."

The United States currently gives just 0.16 percent of its national income to help poor countries, despite signing a United Nations declaration three years ago in which rich countries agreed to increase their aid to 0.7 percent by 2015. Since then, Britain, France and Germany have all announced plans for how to get to 0.7 percent; America has not. The piddling amount Mr. Bush announced yesterday is not even 0.007 percent. What is 0.7 percent of the American economy? About $80 billion. That is about the amount the Senate just approved for additional military spending, mostly in Iraq. It's not remotely close to the $140 billion corporate tax cut last year.


Atlantic Review on : One Year after G8 Summit on Extreme Poverty

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Due to leadership failures and aid cuts, little has improved since last year's G8 summit on Africa and the Make Poverty History campaign, writes the British Times: Kofi Annan, the UN secretary general, is to chair an international group set up by Tony Bla


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Juergen Mueller on :

"Was könnte man mit dem Geld, das für den Irak-Krieg ausgegeben wurde, alles tun," sagte Bundeskanzler Schröder unter starkem Beifall auf dem 30. evangelischen Kirchentag am 27. Mai zum Thema Entwicklungspolitik. Well, I think he should stop criticizing the US, but rather do something on his own. Not just the G8 should act! In the United Nations Millennium Declaration the Heads of State and Government of all UN members promised: "We will spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty, to which more than a billion of them are currently subjected." They need to be reminded of their promise!

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