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Report urges G8 summit ‘revolution’

08 March 2013

WORLD leaders should "unleash a transparency revolution" when they meet for the G8 in June, a new report by the One Foundation says.

The report, Summit in Sight: The G8 and Africa from Gleneagles to Lough Erne, says that agreements made at the G8 summit at Gleneagles in 2005 have resulted in "major progress . . . in the fight against extreme poverty".

When the G8 meets in Lough Erne, in Northern Ireland, in June, it should "deliver a package of targeted and mutually reinforcing transparency reforms", the report says.

In a foreword to the report, the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, writes: "If ambitious agreement can be reached on the trade, tax, and transparency agenda . . . and agriculture and nutrition commitments can be strengthened, then it [the G8 meeting] could be transformative."

Writing in The Observer on Sunday, Tony Blair said: "If the last decade of development progress was defined by aid, the next will be defined by governance and growth. By governance, I don't just mean transparency, as important as that is, but also the ability of governments in developing countries to get things done."

On Tuesday, Christian Aid and Action Aid publicised a film that seeks to encourage young people to participate in the campaign Enough Food for Everyone IF (News, 25 January). "The colourful video shows young people covered in powder paint congregating under a giant 'IF', while the modified words of Rudyard Kipling's poem 'If' are read out by Rou Reynolds of the band Enter Shikari," a statement from Christian Aid said.

Last week, the World Council of Churches' Poverty, Wealth, and Ecology programme organised an event in Tanzania which assessed whether investment in development projects by European Union countries, the United States, and China had reduced poverty. The event was hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.


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