G8 is 'Cameron’s big chance to put words into action'

By staff writers
June 24, 2010

On the eve of what will most likely be the final G8, World Vision has said it’s time for the newUK coalition government to put their promises into practice on the world stage.

With five years to go until the deadline, world leaders set themselves to halve extreme poverty, the two biggest goals – reducing child and maternal mortality – are wildly off track and the UK’s new prime minister needs to show leadership on changing this, says World Vision UK’s Government Relations Manager, Chris Page.

“From day one, David Cameron and Nick Clegg have talked about accountability, and pledged to make it the cornerstone of their government. This is our prime minister’s first big international, diplomatic outing and his first chance to really prove that he means what he says, particularly for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.

“It’s no longer about promises; what matters now is action.”

Last year in L’Aquila, Italy, the G8 launched its first accountability-measuring tool and pledged to follow it. A year later, the first G8 Accountability Report paints a murky picture for the world’s richest leaders, says Page, and with child and maternal mortality high on the agenda this year, it is important that the G8 lift its game.

“Disappointingly, the report lacks real accountability,” says Page.

“It looks at what has been done so far and fudges a lot around the areas where the G8 is falling behind.

"We need to see clarity and hear from the leaders exactly how they are going to make real change in the lives of the nearly nine million children who die under the age of five every year.

"These are children the G8 leaders have promised to help year after year, and making a difference for them will take more than words,” says Page.

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