Christian aid says G8 has broken promises to poor
Christian Aid has accused the worldís most powerful group of countries of breaking its promises made to poor.
The statement comes as leaders of the most powerful nations in the world gather for the annual G8 summit.
Between Sunday 1 and Tuesday 3 June, national leaders, including Tony Blair and George Bush, will meet in Evian in the French Alps, close to lake Geneva.
Much of the business of the 2003 G8 summit will be focussed on the aftermath of the war in Iraq and the condition of the global economy.
But leaders will also return to the Africa Action Plan, drawn-up during last year's G8 in Canada.
For the third year running, the G8 will also meet African leaders as they review the state of the world's poorest continent.
Christian Aid has examined the promises made in last year's Africa Action Plan against the G8's performance on Africa in the ensuing year, and concluded that little has been done.
ìOn the debt of African countries, on the eradication of polio, on fairer trade for Africa and on the battle against HIV/AIDS, G8 countries are failing to keep their promises,' said Paul Ladd, Christian Aid's senior economist who is representing the charity at the Evian summit.
ìThe world's attention has been focussed on the war in Iraq but in the meantime, Africa's poor communities have edged closer to breaking point. There must now be a full-scale war waged on poverty.î