G8 Must Not Be Allowed to Get Away With ‘Italian Job’ at L’Aquila Summit, Warns Aid Agency
So far, the Group of Eight countries have raised foreign assistance by just one third of the total they pledged in 2005, when leaders meeting at Gleneagles,
“We had all hoped the new G8 leaders would push the others to finally meet the key funding promises made in 2005 at Gleneagles,” said
While the U.S. compares favorably to most other G8 nations for its follow-through, if it stays on the current course, the Obama Administration’s funding to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria globally will fall substantially short of levels approved by an overwhelming majority of the U.S. Congress last year – at
“With tough economic times and global poverty increasing, people want to see real coordination, consistency and follow-through to achieve solutions, regardless of whether presidents or prime ministers change,” said
Failing yet again to deliver on its promises to developing nations would further erode the G8′s already tarnished credibility. But more importantly, it threatens a huge social cost at a time when global recession is hitting low-income countries hardest. The World Bank estimates that as many as 2.8 million additional child deaths could result between now and 2015 unless urgent action is taken to mitigate the impact of the economic slowdown on household income and public spending.
Nevertheless, the host country,
“This ‘whole country approach’ looks a lot like an opportunity for creative accounting that enables backsliding countries like
“The amount of aid under discussion equals only 2 percent of the total financial stimulus package announced at the G20 Summit in
“Aid spent improving the health of children and their mothers is one of the best investments the G8 can make in this current financial crunch,” said Mbaya. “Not only is keeping its promises the right thing to do, it’s the bright thing to do.”
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