In Upcoming G-8 Meeting, NGOs Want to See Actions

The G-8 comprises the leaders of Germany, Canada, Japan, Italy, France, Russia, U.S, and the U.K. Photo by: Gobierno Federal / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Gobierno FederalCC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Leaders of G-8 countries should have meaningful ideas on how to reduce global poverty and fight global warming when they meet for the 36th G-8 summit in Canada in June, more than 60 non-governmental organizations and interest groups said, according to the Canadian Press. The groups, which met with G-8 country representatives in Vancouver April 16, also urged G-8 leaders to get on track with the pledges they made during their 2005 summit in Scotland.

The G-8 countries pledged during the Gleneagles summit to double their development assistance by 2010 and allocate a larger part of their support to Africa. An Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development report released April 15 showed that G-8 countries fell short of their aid pledges by USD18 billion.

“We cannot have another five years of failure,” Glenn Farred of South Africa’s Global Campaign Against Poverty said, as quoted by the Canadian Press, “We need a little bit of demonstrable, tangible, clear actions on the parts of leaders. We can’t eat commitments.”

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.