2012 G20 Watch
Date: Mon, 2012-06-18
Location: Los Cabos, Mexico
Hosting organization: The Government of Mexico
Comments on B20
Quotes on B20 in Mexico
16-17 JUNE 2012 – SAN Jose De Cabo, Mexico - The Business Summit was held in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, from June 16-17. Members of the U.S.-based NGO alliance InterAction released the following quotes on the Task Force Recommendations of the B20.
The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
"We call on the G20 leaders to integrate nutrition security into their recommendations on food security. It is not enough to increase food production without ensuring that the vulnerable of the world -- especially women and children -- have access to it. The nutritional health of our women and children is not a cost but an investment that contributes to future economic growth and sustainable development."
Dr. Carole Presern, Director, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health.
“With the world’s most vulnerable hit hard by wild swings in food prices, the G20 should take business leaders’ advice to drop damaging biofuels subsidies and re-evaluate mandates. These steps could have a quick and significant impact in stabilizing global food prices.”
Neil Watkins, Director of Policy and Campaigns, ActionAid USA
“The B20 has initiated an accountability process for tracking their recommendations to the G20. We urge the G20 to follow their example and establish an open and transparent accountability system to track their agreements. Without an open process to track their commitments the G20’s pledges are of limited value to developing countries.”
John Ruthrauff, Director of International Advocacy, InterAction
"The B20 Taskforce on Food Security has committed to boost investment in agriculture in ways that support small-scale producers, especially women, who play a vital role in global food security. Oxfam welcomes the B20’s affirmation of the importance of land rights and access to natural resources for small-holders, and the need for robust standards and transparency in large-scale land acquisitions. Oxfam hopes that these calls for action will help to strengthen efforts by G20 governments to invest in agriculture, and lead to stronger measures to prevent land-grabbing."
Barbara Stocking, CEO, Oxfam Great Britain and Member of the B20’s Food Security Taskforce
Save the Children
"It is in all sectors interests to support social protection systems. Save the Children hopes the B20 will recognize that strengthening social resilience, especially of the most vulnerable populations, will contribute to greater well-being and long-term economic stability."
Maria Josefina Menendez, CEO, Save the Children, Mexico
“Creating a hunger free world must be rooted in strong social policy, including safety nets, championed by the 20 most powerful leaders. The G20 should work with the B20, but they must go further in developing a more concrete, measurable plan than the one presented by business. G20 leaders must meet their commitments to reduce childhood stunting by 40 percent by 2025 and take part in the Scaling Up Nutrition movement. Forty-two percent of the world’s malnourished children live in G20 countries. National as well as global commitments are needed from each G20 leader.”
Adam Taylor, Vice President of Advocacy, World Vision