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Piers Every 3 seconds...a child dies...Live 8 (85* d) RE: Every 3 seconds...a child dies...Live 8 09 Jul 05

In their final communique, the G8 agreed to:
- Double development aid to $48bn (�28bn) by 2010. [Piers notes: This will still not come near the 0.7% of GDP demanded by Make Poverty History if my calcs are correct]
- Write off debt initially for 18 African countries. [Piers notes: MPH asked for full debt cancellation for poor countries of which there are more than a hundred]
- Provide "as close as possible" universal access to treatment for HIV/Aids; tackle malaria, TB and polio; education; and train a further 20,000 peacekeeping troops.
- Open dialogue between the G8 and emerging countries on climate change, with the first meeting in London in November, but no targets for cutting carbon emissions.
- Provide $3bn a year for the next three years for the Palestinian Authority to help build up institutions.
- Establish a "credible end date" for a trade agreement to eliminate export subsidies. [Piers notes: MPH asked for a new trade rules, the end to damaging subsidies and laws to stop big business profiting at the expense of people and the environment],13365,1524773,00.html

"The section on climate change in the Gleneagles communique published yesterday is not fundamentally different from that contained in G8 communiques since 1990, with lots of expressions of concern, but stopping short of proposed action: no targets and no timetable.",13365,1524737,00.html

The white bloc got a more promises than concessions, the black bloc got a crack on the head and a prison bed, and everybody just ignored the reds. What's the point, eh? I'm just going to look after me from now on.

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