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>
> Dear All,
>
> As you may be aware, GCAP's work around the forthcoming Summit of G8
> leaders
> in Germany is progressing well.
>
> Now is a really crucial time to influence this the outcomes in favour of
> poverty relief so we are asking you to publicise the attached documents as
> you feel is most approriate to your national/ regional media environment.
>
> At the moment, these documents only exist in English but I am making an
> effort to have them translated as soon as possible. If you are able to do
> translations locally let me know and we will make sure these are posted on
> the Whiteband website for others to use.
>
> NOTE: IF YOU ALREADY RECEIVED THESE DOCS VIA THE G8 GROUP OR MEDIA TEAM
> PLEASE USE THE ATTACHED VERSIONS AS THEY ARE THE LATEST FINAL SIGNED-OFF
> VERSIONS.
>
> 1) A generic Opinion Editorial which you can adapt as you wish to include
> more or less local information and sign by a local represenataive of GCAP.
> This can be sent to newspapers and magazines for publications any time
> before June 6th. I suggest you aim for publication around June 2nd as it
> will tie in with lots of mobilisations.
>
> 2) An opinion editorial written by Kumi Naidoo following his meeting with
> Angela Merkel last week. This may be atrractive for some publications and
> should be published ideally in the next week so it feels current.
>
> 3) The open letter which appeared in the Financial Times as a half page ad
> last Friday May 18th and generated considerable interest worldwide. You
> can offer this same letter for publicaiton in your region. I attach the
> letter in PDF and Word formats.
>
> I hope that you are able to act in solidarity with the G8 coalitions on
> this
> matter in addition to all of the crucial work you are undertaking at the
> national level in your country.
>
> Many thanks and please contact me if you need any clarification. I will be
> at the Civicus World Assembly in Glasgow from tomorrow in case you are
> there
> too I will be on a local number + 44 77 676 74 624.
>
> Yours,
>
> Ciara
>
> Ciara O´Sullivan
> GCAP Media Coordinator - www.whiteband.org
> Cel: +34 679 594 809
> Skype name: cmosullivan
>
>
> Ciara O´Sullivan
> GCAP Media Coordinator - www.whiteband.org
> Cel: +34 679 594 809
> Skype name: cmosullivan
>
>


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Dear G8 Finance Ministers,

Together you represent the world’s economic powerhouses. We write to ask that when you meet in Potsdam Germany this May, you also strive to represent the millions of people whose lives are blighted by extreme poverty. Poverty can be overcome, in part through more and better aid, and we urge you to make good your longstanding commitments to provide 0.7% of national income in effective aid, and to commit to binding timetables to reach aid targets. We also urge you to implement innovative finance mechanisms as a key source of much needed finance for development.

Aid is not a panacea. The aid that is given must be predictable, untied and coordinated. Harmful conditions can undermine the return on investment and aid will not deliver maximum benefit without reform of world trade rules, more debt cancellation and improved governance in the recipient countries.

But economic history shows us what aid can achieve. Marshall Plan aid from the US kick-started the rebuilding of a Europe shattered by war and delivered real benefits to the US in terms of new markets for its goods. Aid to East Asia helped catalyse the economic miracles that have lifted millions of people out of poverty. Today many African governments are using aid to underwrite growth and provide essential schools, health services and water supplies for their people. The poorest countries in the world need you to honour these aid pledges if they are to meet the Millennium Development Goals and end poverty.

Through their unprecedented support for the international movement against poverty, taxpayers have already given you permission to spend their money saving lives. Please seize that chance tomorrow/today.

OPINION PIECE

By Kumi Naidoo, representing the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)

When I Berlin last week something was playing on my mind. Wasn’t it here in 1884 that my continent Africa was carved up so randomly by European powers? At the Berlin Conference borders were drawn and communities split leaving irreversible fault lines throughout Africa. Was it to redress the errors of the past that I had been invited to join thirteen other civil society campaigners for a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel?

The German leader’s invitation expressed a wish to hear our concerns on poverty relief and climate change in advance of next month’s G8 summit on the Baltic coast. As a representative of the world’s biggest anti-poverty campaign, The Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), I was there to put to her our demands for concrete outcomes and past promises to be honoured.

Alongside two colleagues from the South, we put to the Chancellor that history is the common denominator among the world’s poorest countries. Africa, like most parts of the Southern hemisphere, is rich below the ground and impoverished above. This is principally because of colonial actions and the subsequent failure to redress the injustices that were done.

What we in GCAP, a coalition spanning over 100 countries and representing millions of people from all walks of life, are calling for now is that justice is done and a future planned that favours everyone, not just the richest. To this end, we need more and better aid, fairer trade conditions and renewed efforts to lift the debt burden. We also need to hold our governments to account, in the north and in the south, so that the promises they make effect change in the lives of the poorest. Central to our demands are the calls for effective, democratic governance, human rights and the realisation of gender equality.

Two years ago, the G8 leaders met in Gleneagles in Scotland and renewed an old promise. They dusted down a commitment made back in the 70’s, to provide 0.7% of their GDP in development aid. The circle of eight made a commitment that, if met, would lead to millions of lives saved but to our disbelief they pushed the delivery date back. With a few exceptions, there has actually been a net decrease in aid from

these countries since 2005. Citizens have shown time and time again through petitions, rallies, symbolic actions of solidarity, that they want this money given to the poor, yet their leaders respond tardily.

I put to the Chancellor that aid is not a panacea. Since the Marshall Plan to reconstruct war-torn Europe sixty years ago, we know that it works when properly managed and directed to the provision of essential services. It is their duty to ensure this. When we see how rapidly money is mobilised by these same governments when called up on to go to war then we, the people living in the poorest places on earth, cannot understand why a fraction of that money cannot be found now? The Chancellor appeared to nod her head in agreement.

My colleagues and I, called too for a better future for the poorest countries, a future in which neither aid nor debt relief would be necessary. I explained to Ms. Merkel that every day more and more African citizens are becoming aware of the unbalanced and unjust way world trade rules are set. They cannot believe European cows are subsidised to the tune of 2 Euros a day when half the people on the planet survive on less. They ask if this is some sort of global economic apartheid? If 6,000 white people were dying every day of HIV Aids as is happening to the people of Africa, would they stand idly by? Given that what we are seeing in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world is a passive genocide or, if you like, a silent tsunami, I really do not know what to tell them.

Agri-businesses in the US and Europe consistently flood the markets of the poor nations with produce so local farmers cannot even compete domestically, let alone think of exporting on a level playing field. How can an economy grow when these barriers exist? It is our belief that the urgency is needed to bring the current round of trade negotiations to a just conclusion, the G8 must not push for a rushed deal in the World Trade Organisation, which then fails to live up to the promise of the Doha Development Round on fairer trade rules. EU-ACP negotiations also must also be turned around to deliver pro-development outcomes. We believe that in all regional and bilateral negotiations, development issues must not be used as concessions, but rather as critical components of a development friendly agreement. Poor countries need to be free to use trade and investment policies to promote food security, rural livelihoods, and future industrial development.

Germany has an opportunity to change the course of history. It could be remembered not as the place where Africa’s woes began but where impoverished nations got the chance they needed to recover, once and for all. Just as Germany benefited from the Marshall plan, surely a global Marshall plan now makes sense. It would ensure future generations live in a world characterised by political, social, economic, gender and environmental justice. I left Ms. Merkel, I hope, still nodding her head in agreement.

ENDS/

Kumi Naidoo is a South African campaigner. He is a GCAP (Global Call to Action Against Poverty) representative and Secretary General and CEO of CIVICUS (The World Alliance for Citizen Participation)

The Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) is an alliance of trade unions, community groups, faith groups and campaigners working together across more than 100 national platforms. GCAP calls for action from the world’s leaders to meet their promises to end poverty and inequality enable concerned citizens to join with GCAP, to put pressure on their country’s leaders and decision makers. www.whiteband.org

The 33rd G8 summit will take place at the Kempinski Grand Hotel in Heiligendamm in the old Duchy of Mecklenburg in the Northern German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on the Baltic Coast, from June 6 to June 8, 2007. The heads of state of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. represent about 65% of the world economy and will produce a Summit communique which, anti poverty campaigners believe, needs to include concrete measures to alleviate crushing poverty in the South.

The following text is to be taken by national coalitions and adapted according to their reality, with detail of any local actions and specific messages and signed by a representative/ representatives of that local coalition.

OP ED (Opinion Editorial) 871 words

JUNE…. (4th or 2nd), 2007

Since 2005, an international movement against poverty called GCAP has succeeded in mobilizing millions of people in solidarity with the world’s poorest people. This week, through a series of rallies, vigils, concerts and online petitions, campaigners have once again thrown down the gauntlet to leaders attending next week’s G8 Summit. Still frustrated with the outcome of previous Summits, the citizens demand that the host, Chancellor Merkel, does whatever is necessary to transform the promises made in the past to provide more and better aid, debt relief for poor countries, trade justice and good governance, into concrete change.

Here in…..,, xx thousand people …..and presented…..to demand this from their… (insert any local G8 mobilisation information or statistics)

On the Heiligendamm Summit agenda (next week), there will be a session focused entirely on Africa covering issues like HIV/AIDS, Health Systems, Infrastructure, Climate Change as well as inward investment in Africa. This offers a precious opportunity to address some of the root causes of poverty and voice the concerns of millions of people worldwide who have been part of the growing campaign for poverty eradication since 2005, but is it going to deliver?

Let’s start with aid. Economic history shows us what aid can achieve. Sixty years ago almost to the day, Marshall Plan aid from the US kick-started the rebuilding of a Europe shattered by war and delivered real benefits to the US in terms of new markets for its goods. Aid to East Asia helped catalyse the economic miracles that have lifted millions of people out of poverty. Today many African governments are using aid to underwrite growth and provide essential schools, health services and water supplies for their people.

Despite the fact that the G8 signed up to firm commitments to increase overseas development aid (ODA) by an extra $50 billion by 2010, recent ODA figures show that in actual fact, aid by rich countries is falling - by 5% last year. At the 2005 G8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland it was agreed that 0.7% of national income would be made available in effective aid. The heads of state should now be bound to timetables for delivery of this aid and show leadership in the donor community.

And let us not forget too that the G8 countries bear particular responsibility as a major source of carbon emissions. Poor people and poor countries will in many cases be the first and worst affected by climate change, while having done least to bring it about. The G8 should reach collective commitment to reduce their own carbon emissions by 80% from their 1990 levels by 2050. Binding agreements must be made to keep global warming at less than 2 degrees, which requires stabilisation at 450 ppm CO2 equivalent or below, in line with EU policy and scientific projections.

On debt relief the richest countries have fallen short as well. While the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative is a positive example of the G8 doing what it said it would in 2005, debt cancellation is needed for a much larger group of countries that continue to face a heavy debt burden. By the end of next week, the Heligendamm Summit communiqué must also recognise the need for a just, transparent and comprehensive process to address current and future debt crises.

Obligations too fall on the G8 countries to play a key role in redressing the barriers to trade and investment in poor countries. By ensuring the Doha Development Round and EU-ACP negotiations get onto a pro-development track they will be doing a massive service to the poorest nations. Poor countries need to be free to use trade and investment policies to promote food security, rural livelihoods, and future industrial development. Right now, the richest eight nations spend on average 2 Euros a day on cows while half the people on the planet survive on less and we say this is a disgrace.

A common denominator among the majority of the world’s poorest people is a lack of access to free health care and education. The growing numbers affected by HIV and AIDS adds urgency to this need. In Africa alone, 6000 people die every day from the disease and yet the world stands idly by. The G8 leaders must search for better tools for health promotion, prevention, access to testing, diagnosis and treatment. They should all be fully financed as part of objectives pursued in the context of a wider effort to support the development of better health services. The G8 should also support the recruitment and retention of an extra 4.25 million health workers and free healthcare in developing countries. This is not a luxury, it is a necessity.

The next time Germany could find itself with the prestigious role of hosting a G8 Summit would be 2015, the deadline for reaching the UN Millennium Goals. We think it would be a disgrace if they found themselves hosting the meeting at which leaders had to admit they had failed to honour their commitment. G8 taxpayers have shown through their actions that they give these leaders permission to spend their money saving lives. There is no time like the present to honour past promises. We are relying on Angela Merkel to get the job done.

Mr./Ms (complete)

(complete) National Coalition

GCAP – The Global Call to Action Against Poverty


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