G7 summit fails billions living in poverty


​Another missed opportunity the world's most vulnerable say global charities 

9th June 2015 by Robert Armour 1 Comment

G7 leaders meeting in Germany have “copped out of delivering any real change” for the billion people living in poverty, global charities have warned.

Jorn Kalinski, Oxfam's G7 spokesman, said that while some progress had been made on climate change, leaders failed to deliver tangible targets for poverty stricken people across the world.  

“They are offering a smattering of largely unfunded initiatives to tackle the huge global challenges of hunger, inequality, and disease,” he said.

“This is a slap in the face for millions of people who don’t have enough to eat or who can’t afford to pay for vital healthcare.

“Fortunately, there are plenty of upcoming opportunities for G7 leaders to make amends for this lacklustre performance in Germany. 

They are offering a smattering of largely unfunded initiatives to tackle huge global challenges - Jorn Kalinski

“They can start next month by attending the Finance for Development Summit in Addis where they must agree ambitious reforms to the global tax system and set out how they will deliver on decades' old aid promises.”

Children's aid charity World Vision also hit out for the summit not delivering on its agenda.

Geeta Bandi-Phillips, World Vision’s external relations manager, said: “We came into this year's meeting calling for tangible commitments for the world's most vulnerable children and despite addressing issues like hunger and immunisation, it was nowhere near as ambitious as we would have hoped for.

“The G7 leaders missed an opportunity to lead the way for the future of children, especially those living with the effects of war and conflicts, and dying from easily preventable causes.”

The G7 comprises Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.

Russia has been suspended from the meeting over its occupation and annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region and its backing of separatists in eastern Ukraine.

11th June 2015 by Mohammad Belayet

When such a summit fails to do the least for the vulnerable people in the world , especially the children who had to starve just after getting born , it's not only shame for the world leaders but also for us who introduce ourselves as concerned citizens or dwellers in the world. We should not think we can not tackle this. Yes , we can. Our positive thoughts can do everything. ( @Belayet0044 )