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Achieving the health Millennium Development Goals by 2015 will require a significant financing increase for both the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria and the GAVI Alliance in 2010. Through their innovative approaches, broad-based partnerships and targeted investments, each of these mechanisms is working in a unique and complementary way to improve health in the world's poorest countries. MORE
Climate change is not a crisis of Africa's making, yet it is African people, especially the poorest, who will suffer the first and the worst. Not only does it add yet another challenge to those struggling to combat extreme poverty and disease by exacerbating the conditions of poverty, but it threatens to erode the gains that have been made in recent years. ONE urges global policymakers to keep the poorest in mind as they negotiate a global climate deal at Copenhagen in December 2009. These negotiations will focus on reaching consensus on how to respond to climate change worldwide and resolving that key question is of critical importance to the African continent. As part of these talks however, it is also critical that policymakers take special consideration of Africa-both to address its disproportionate need to adapt to impending climate change but also to work with the continent as a mitigation partner going forward. MORE
Days before the fall meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), the IMF reported that the global economy had "turned the corner" toward recovery, but substantial reforms were still needed to prevent a return to financial turmoil. MORE
The Pittsburgh Summit on 25th September was another chance to highlight the need to bring Africa into the center of the global economic recovery. MORE
Host an Upcoming G20 in Africa: Africa must be integrated into discussions on the global economic recovery. Made up of 900 million potential producers and consumers, Africa has enormous potential to bring long-term benefits to the rest of the world. The continent offers untapped resources-agricultural potential, economic opportunities and energy supplies-that could help resolve many of the world's current challenges. The first task of the G20 must be to bring Africa and other developing nations into the center of the global economic recovery plan. To acknowledge the importance of Africa and take the first step towards cultivating the potential of the continent, the G20 should agree to hold an upcoming Summit in Africa. Doing so will showcase the importance of the continent as a world partner and emphasize that Africa must be a part of the solution....
A total of seven documents were approved during this year's G8 Summit. One of the most significant agreements reached was the joint Declaration on Global Food Security, referred to as the "L'Aquila Food Security Initiative" (AFSI). With strong U.S. leadership, 40 government heads and international organizations committed to providing US$20 billion over three years to help farmers in poor countries boost productivity, signalling a new focus on sustainable agricultural investment previously absent from G8 communiqués. MORE
July 10-11, 2009, President Obama visited Ghana, his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa as President. The trip, which comes on the heels of the G8, was an opportunity to not only highlight Ghana as a beacon of democracy and progress on the continent, but to amplify a broader discussion about how the U.S. can support African efforts to improve governance and lay the groundwork for effective development. MORE
Development assistance for agriculture could help provide the resources and the technical expertise to move smallholder farmers out of poverty, but development assistance for agriculture has declined dramatically in the last two-decades. Land-use policies and climate change have exacerbated the dire situation, as have the recent global food and financial crises. ONE urges development partners to implement the following recommendations: MORE
The 2009 G8 Summit is a year before the Gleneagles commitments to the poorest are to be delivered. The G8 countries collectively need to deliver an average of an additional $7.2 billion of effective development assistance each year in 2009 and 2010, but G8 President Italy and France are falling dangerously behind on their commitments. MORE