Deauville, France - As G8 leaders meet in Deauville this week, global anti-poverty group ONE calls for leaders not to forget crucial measures they have already promised in support of African citizens' efforts to build a stronger continent.
Jamie Drummond, Executive Director of ONE, says:
"The Arab Spring could reinforce the African Summer, creating stronger governance and development opportunities across the continent, if G8 leaders agree to make good their promises in Deauville this week.
"In sub-Saharan Africa there are an unprecedented 16 elections in 2011 and in recent years there has been tremendous development across the continent. However many people are still stuck in extreme poverty and die from preventable diseases.
"There are worrying signs that the G8 want to water down their commitments to Africa. Already there are attempts to whitewash failures with dodgy accounting methods. G8 countries must not let down their African partners and instead should use this moment to offer a Deauville deal supporting progress in sub-Saharan Africa."
Faced with the French G8 Presidency's long list of priorities, ONE is calling for the summit to concentrate on three measures to support Africa's own development efforts:
World leaders must finally fulfill their long-due promises on agriculture. In 2009 in Italy, the G8 pledged USD $20 billion to support agriculture in developing countries. However the money has not been delivered. Investments in agriculture employ young people, boost pro-poor economic growth and reduce food prices and hunger. As commodity prices are rising, the G8 must ensure food security for hundreds of millions of Africans and invest to boost agricultural productivity and market access.
The G8 must support the increased roll-out of childhood vaccines. France should encourage its partners to agree to fully fund the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI). GAVI needs an additional €2.6 billion to support the roll-out of vaccines, including new vaccines for pneumonia and diarrhoea, which together kill 2.8 million children a year. Support for vaccines could save the lives of 4 million children in the next 5 years.
The G8 should do more to support good governance. Africa's vast natural resources, for example, provide major opportunities for economic growth. However, too often the extractives sector has been a victim of corruption, and even a cause of conflict. Transparency can help prevent this, which is why the G8 and African leaders should commit to passing national legislation to oblige extractives companies to report their payments to governments on a country and project-level basis. This builds on the laudable US legislation passed last July on extractives transparency and the promise to push European action from France and the UK.
"Sarkozy has an opportunity to make Deauville the G8 that delivers on the commitments of past summits and lays the groundwork for an inclusive fairer future for those currently marginalised.
"Delivering the promised smart aid and transparency together can save lives today and create the conditions for long-term self-sustaining progress in the future. It will also elevate the global reputation of those that keep their promises to the poorest" concludes Jamie Drummond.
Notes to editors
ONE will be on the ground at the G8 in Deauville from May 25-27 and will have staff available for interviews and policy briefings in French, English and German. Please contact Verena von Derschau on +33 6 31 22 89 68 or email@example.com
ONE is a global advocacy and campaigning organization backed by more than 2 million people from around the world dedicated to fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. For more information please visit www.ONE.organd follow us on Twitter: @ONECampaign