G8 Watch 2012
18-19 MAY 2012, CAMP DAVID, United States of America
G8 Accountability Report
Actions, approach and results
20 May 2012 – The G8 Camp David Accountability Report – Actions, Approach and Results, released 20 May 2012, focuses on the performance of the G8 countries in three key areas related to the L’Aquila Food Security Initiative -- food security, agricultural markets and trade, and nutrition. Because of longstanding G8 commitments to improving global health and the importance of health to nutrition outcomes —particularly for mothers, newborns and children — the report also includes a section on G8 performance related to global health.
Below, find an excerpt from the Executive summary regarding nutrition and health accountability from the Executive Summary. On the right, download the full Report, with its Report Card on “Global Health”, and link to the US Government site which has “In-Depth Tables” of results for each G8 country.
Excerpt from the executive summary
“Global awareness of the importance of nutrition and its impact on children and development has grown much in recent years, and with it, the urgent need to act. In response, the G-8 is elevating the role and importance of nutrition through leadership, advocacy and action, and is increasingly mainstreaming nutrition as an integral part of assistance for agriculture and food security. G-8 members have played a pivotal role in the launch of nutrition initiatives—such as the Scaling Up Nutrition movement—at global and national levels, and are investing in a comprehensive set of actions and tools to meet nutrition needs in partner countries. From 2009 to 2011, the G-8 reports that financing for nutrition-specific activities increased by 48 percent, to reach $439 million in 2011. For the same period, the G-8 reported that financing for nutrition-sensitive activities rose by 46 percent, to reach $2.45 billion in 2011. These gains are significant, as is the leadership and action of the G-8 to increase awareness, support and momentum for improved nutrition outcomes. Still, much more needs to be done to help developing countries meet the MDGs related to nutrition.ééé
“Through its leadership and ongoing assistance, the G-8 continues to have an enormous positive impact on improving health and health systems in developing countries. G-8 members are making steady progress in aligning health programming with partner-country plans and priorities and, guided by aid-effectiveness principles, are working with partner countries toward shared results and mutual accountability. Central to these efforts has been the role of the G-8 in mobilizing multilateral actors including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund), greater partnership with partner governments as well as the private sector, civil society and other donors, and an increasing focus on coordination across disease-specific efforts. These efforts are essential to transitioning to more sustainable approaches to health-service delivery for meeting global health challenges. The world now has an opportunity to eradicate a number of diseases and improve the lives of millions of people by continuing to support this approach.
“The G-8 is well on track to meet its commitments to provide at least $60 billion to fight infectious diseases and improve health systems by 2012, to provide at least $5 billion in additional financing for maternal, newborn and child health, and to mobilize resources for the Global Fund. In meeting these and other health commitments, the G-8 has catalyzed global action and is seeing these initiatives deliver: innovative financing mechanisms supported by the G-8 have raised more than $3.6 billion since 2006 to help with immunization; the Global Fund has committed more than $22.6 billion in 150 countries, providing AIDS treatment to more than 3.3 million people, tuberculosis treatment to more than 8.6 million and has distributed more than 230 million bed nets to prevent malaria; and, in the 11 years since the Measles initiative was established, more than 1 billion children in over 80 countries have been vaccinated against measles through the Initiative, averting an estimated 9.6 million measles deaths.”