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G8 summit on povery might as well have not happened.

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posted on Sep, 8 2005 @ 04:37 AM
Here we go again.. the G8 summit in gleneagles started out with every one attending nodding heads vigorously.

Then the london bombs pull the attention off it and all of a sudden everyone pulls out.

No deals for ther poor.. naah.. just keep the $$ flowing this way, thanks.

Quote from article by G. Monbiot:

Two weeks ago, we discovered that John Bolton, the new US ambassador to the United Nations, had proposed 750 amendments to the agreement which is meant to be concluded at next week’s UN summit. He was, in effect, striking out the Millennium Development Goals on health, education and poverty relief, which the United Nations set in 2000(13). Yesterday, ActionAid released a report showing that the first of these goals – equal access to schooling for boys and girls by 2005 – has been missed in over 70 countries(14). “Africa”, it found, “is currently projected to miss every goal.” There is so little resolve at the UN to do anything about it that the summit could deliver “a worse outcome than the situation before the G8.” Yet Geldof remains silent.

[edit on 8/9/2005 by Corinthas]

posted on Sep, 8 2005 @ 04:49 AM
Record Track

For folks like myself who can't recall offhand, has there ever been a previous summit that reduced poverty?

posted on Sep, 8 2005 @ 05:07 AM
By Sheer numbers alone poverty is increasing. Percentage of the population that is not in poverty is at an all time high though, its a over-population thing. We gotta somehow solve the poverty problem if we are ever going to solve over-population.

posted on Sep, 12 2005 @ 09:29 AM
Yup. Seems like the only people that advantaged from those London bombings were those who were owed money by 3rd world countries.

Such a shame, we really could have made povity history..

posted on Sep, 12 2005 @ 10:15 AM

Originally posted by Majic
Record Track

For folks like myself who can't recall offhand, has there ever been a previous summit that reduced poverty?

Majic, I don't think there have been any that have reduced poverty, but plenty that have addressed the problems. Note that something always seems to go wrong: London 7/7, a shooting or leaders just not showing up.

I've quoted where pertinent.

2005: G8 Summit

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is hosting the summit in Scotland, returned to London to address the public, blaming Islamic extremists for the bombings. He returned to the summit Thursday evening.

Earlier in the day, flanked by the other world leaders, Blair said the attacks in the British capital were carried out by terrorists and designed to coincide with the opening of the G8 meeting.

"It's particularly barbaric that this has happened" on a day that people are meeting to deal with world problems at the G8 in Scotland," Blair said.


2004: World Leaders Summit on Action Against Hunger and Poverty

The World Leaders Summit on "Action Against Hunger and Poverty " was held today at UN Headquarters. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that with the number of chronically hungry people on the rise around the globe and living standards in some countries diminishing instead of improving, the world is falling a long way short in its drive to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
World Leaders Summit 2004

2002: The Monterrey poverty summit

Ministers and aid officals are gathering in Monterrey, Mexico, to discuss the aid and trade needs of the world's poorer countries. Mark Tran explains

The international conference on financing for development was called by the UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, to prod countries into meeting the ambitious development goals set out at the UN millennium summit in 2000. Those goals included universal primary education, halving world poverty, and reducing child deaths by two-thirds - all by 2015.
Will it be just another talking shop?

In a considerable breakthrough, the US president, George Bush, agreed to increase foreign aid by $5bn (£3.5bn) over three years and the EU agreed to boost aid by $5bn a year by 2006, after Germany, which is under severe budget pressure, dropped its opposition. The problem is that Mr Bush will have to push his proposal through a US Congress historically sceptical of foreign aid

Link to article

CNN Video from Summit in Mexico

2001: G8 Summit Shocks Leaders

GENOA, Italy (CNN) -- World leaders called for calm as streets stood empty Friday night outside the site of the Group of Eight summit, in marked contrast to the violent demonstrations during the day that left one man dead from gunfire and more than 100 other people wounded.

Security forces have detained more than 50 people.

Italian police sources identified the dead man as Carlo Giuliani, 23, a Genoa resident originally from Rome. The Italian Ministry of the Interior said judicial authorities were investigating and the ministry would report its findings to Italy's parliament Monday.

1995: World Summit for Social Development (to eradicate world poverty)

Convened by the United Nations, Copenhagen, Denmark, 6-12 March 1995

The United Nations Social Development Conference was billed as the conference with a mission to eradicate world poverty. Speakers at the conference maintained that poverty and unemployment threaten global security and stability, and warns that "if the UN continues to hold the trust of the people of the world, we must make their needs our priority..." In comparison to other UN Summits, world leaders stayed away from this one, or politely sent their deputies. NZ was represented by our Social Welfare Minister Peter Gresham.

The Summit did not however commit hard cash to take positive steps to boost the economies of poorer countries, and many leaders of these countries are doubting that the Summit plans would have much effect. Discussions of economic reform - and the relative merits of market and non-market systems - were at the core of divisions between nations at the conference. The United States and Western European nations were also considering cutting foreign aid, rather than increasing it.

Link to World Summit for Social Development: Copenhagan 1995

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