G8 Watch 2011
MNCH and member G8 releases
Call to action signed by 50 organizations
50 Organizations sign Call for Action, including PMNCH members: Save the Children, White Ribbon Alliance, Family Care Interantional, World Vision, World YWCA, Aga Khan University, Africa Public Health Alliance, FIGO, IPA, Women and Children First, AMREF, “ This week's G8 summit in Deauville is a chance for world leaders to step up their support for healthcare that saves children's and mothers' lives. As the UN secretary general has noted, the world is suffering from a massive gap of more than 3.5 million health workers. This includes a pressing need for at least 1 million community health workers and 350,000 midwives. Millions more existing health workers lack the support, equipment and training they need. Health workers are vital for progress on global health and development, and for ensuring the millennium development goals are met. Bold leadership is needed.”
Parliamentarians call on the G8 leaders to focus on girls and population
In the lead up to this year’s G8 in Deauville, France, more than 60 parliamentarians committed to population and development issues from around the world came together to produce a call to action for the G8 and G20 leaders. The event, entitled “Girls and Population: the forgotten drivers of development,” was organized by the European Parliamentary Forum and its French NGO partners (Equilibres et Populations and Mouvement Français Pour le Planning Familial).
""We wish to draw the world´s attention to two aspects of human rights that are the most neglected - the situation facing girls and adolescent women and the challenges posed by global population dynamics at present," said a resolution issued at the end of the Global Parliamentarians´ Summit held at France´s National Assembly on Monday and Tuesday.
GCAP: Global Call to Action against Poverty:
Place Human Rights, Peace and Human Security at the centre of your policies” Global Civil Society leaders tell the G8.
White Ribbon Alliance, Save the Children and CARE send letter to G8 re Muskoka Initiative
Ahead of G8 Summit, NGO leaders from the WRA , STC and CARE leaders sent a letter to G8 leaders asking for a continued commitment to the 2010 G8 Muskoka Initiative for Maternal and Child Health.
World Vision backs UK and US commitments ahead of G8
25 May London - As world leaders travel to the G8 Summit, taking place in France on 26 and 27 May, World Vision welcomes the UK–US pact to change the lives of 1.2 billion people living in poverty, while urging all G8 leaders to translate their words into actions.
David Cameron and President Obama, who released today’s joint statement from the UK, are also the only G8 leaders keeping their promise to Make Poverty History – as set in stone at the Gleneagles G8 six years ago.... “Today’s announcement focusing on both child and maternal health, and nutrition, leads the ways for other leaders to produce a co-ordinated action plan at Deauville this week – how promises are being delivered, by which G8 leaders and where.”
Where the UK leads, the G8 has failed to follow, says World Vision
26 May | London - While David Cameron has been a lone voice among G8 leaders in sticking to the UK's promises to deliver aid, says World Vision, his fellow leaders have failed to rally to his flag.Others, notably Italy and France, have failed to keep their promises to children and families living in the world's poorest, most fragile and most in need countries.
World Vision’s Chris Page, in Deauville, said: “David Cameron came to the G8 wanting accountability from world leaders on their promises so that all countries meet their commitments to the world’s poor...A concrete and clear action plan to save the more than eight million children and 350,000 mothers who die needlessly every year is missing.
France: Sarkozy baby wins geographic roulette
“World Vision congratulates President Sarkozy and Carla Bruni on the news a precious baby will soon join their family. Baby Sarkozy is privileged to be born to such parents, and also to be born in France where (s)he is 52 times more likely to celebrate a fifth birthday than a baby born this year in the former French colony, Chad. Carla Bruni is 150 times more likely to survive pregnancy and childbirth than a woman in Chad. Their chances of survival are simply based on country of birth. As G8 leaders gather this week in Deauville, France, their congratulations to the Sarkozy family should be coupled with renewed efforts to tackle the unacceptable inequities in child and maternal health.”