The G8 Summit in L’Aquila just released the communiqué, which we’re now in the process of reading and analyzing. We’ll have further analysis soon, but in the meantime wanted to share with you this reaction from ONE’s Oliver Buston:
We welcome the fact that the G8 are focusing on accountability this year – announcing a new more in-depth way of reporting back on their development commitments. But what the world’s poorest people need now is not a re-cooking of old promises or yet more plans. They need immediate action, especially from G8 host Italy. Prime Minister Berlusconi now has two days to reverse his disastrous aid cuts and salvage his credibility. The G8 as a whole can show they are serious by announcing significant new money for African agriculture on Friday, and ensuring it is spent effectively.
As we mentioned earlier, ONE is calling on the Italian Government to immediately:
- Reverse its €411 million aid cut
- Provide an extra €350 million for agriculture
- Pay up their dues for 2009 to the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
We’ll have more on this soon!