An accountability report, prepared by officials in G8 member countries’ foreign affairs departments, acknowledges that G8 “countries are $10 billion behind the five-year, $50-billion commitment they made at their 2005 summit in Scotland,” the Canadian Press/CTV News reports (6/20).
Water and Sanitation
The U.N. Development Program (UNDP) on Thursday released a report (.pdf) outlining “an eight-pronged strategy it hopes can help poor nations advance sustainable development, considerably reduce poverty and essentially drive the attainment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the next five years,” BusinessDay reports (Nwachukwu, 6/18).
U.N. MDG Summit Draft Conclusions Call For Aid Promise Follow Through, Highlight Progress And Challenges
The draft conclusions for the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit in September were distributed to governments last week and call upon world leaders to follow through on promises of aid money to help countries reach the benchmarks established in 2000 , Reuters reports.
“Toilets: A Simple Solution to World Health Issues,” Los Angeles Times (Koss, 6/9). “Making the G8 maternal health campaign meaningful,” Globe and Mail editorial (6/8).
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