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Global Partnership

The UN Millennium Campaign welcomes the G-8’s promise of $20 billion to address the much neglected issues of hunger, poverty and food security with a strong focus on agriculture. But the Campaign stresses that this must be additional funding, support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals —including the needs and rights of the poorest – and be in line with national priorities and systems.


Rome, July 7, 2009: On the eve of the G-8 Summit, the United Nations Millennium Campaign and Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) in Italy organized a stunt in Piazza del Popolo in Rome in order to grab the attention of G-8 leaders. The stunt was part of the “Press the 8” campaign which encourages citizens to pressure G-8 leaders to deliver on their promises at this week’s summit.


The United Nations Millennium Campaign is warning that the ongoing economic crisis is likely to bring the economies of many developing countries to the brink of collapse and threatens the very survival of their citizens. According to the African Development Bank, countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya could run out of foreign reserves to purchase goods necessary for survival in a matter of weeks. At the same time, countries including Laos, Senegal, Uganda, Cape Verde and Sudan are cutting expenditures on poverty alleviation for desperately poor citizens.


The day before the General Assembly’s high-level summit on the economic crisis, the Director of the Millennium Campaign says financial institutions have received ten times more money in bailouts in the past year than poor countries have received in aid in the past 49 years – showing that finding money is a matter of political will, not lack of resources.


Rome, June 12, 2009: On the occasion of the G-8 Development Minister’s Meeting that took place at the Foreign Ministry in Rome on June 11-12, GCAP Italy organized a stunt in Piazza del Popolo in order to grab the attention of G-8 leaders. A huge weight with the word “crisis” crushed southern poor people while representations of G-8 leaders remained indifferent and kept on drinking coffee and reading the newspaper. The stunt occurred as development ministers met to discuss the impact of the financial crisis on developing countries and sustainable development.


Rome, May 4-5, 2009: The City of Rome today hosted 260 delegates from over 40 countries at the Civil G-8, the forum where representatives of civil society and the most industrialized countries have gathered to tackle some of the most important issues on the agenda for the upcoming G-8 summit. Issues on the agenda include global governance, climate change and the environment, funding for development, health, education, employment, gender equality and the fight against poverty.


Since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were agreed in 2000, many developing countries have made great strides. The world was on track to achieve at least the first Millennium Goal of halving the number of extreme poor, and it was coming close to reaching several other objectives as well. But the present crisis is wiping out that hard fought progress.


In 1969, former prime minister Lester B. Pearson urged all affluent countries to give 0.7 per cent of their gross national product to poorer nations.
Forty years later, Canada – one of the best-positioned countries to give to the poor – does not reach that benchmark.

This was one of the points made yesterday by a keynote speaker at the 2009 Montreal Millennium Summit, an international gathering of experts working to lessen poverty and hunger on the planet.


At this weekend's IMF and World Bank spring meetings, Global ministers warned that the economic crisis risks derailing the MDGs and, in the closing communiqué, "urged donors to accelerate delivery of commitments to increase aid, and for us all to consider going beyond existing commitments."  But, in the end, they did very little to provide immediate relief to the world's poorest.