Cannes G20: It’s no movie!

The G20 Summit in Cannes may have lots of media, photographers, and big scenes, but it’s no movie. To send that message to world leaders, Oxfam activists posed as Nicolas Sarkozy, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Dilma Rousseff, and other counterparts gathered on the steps of the Petit Palais in Paris for a “dress rehearsal” scene complete with glitter, make-up and music.

While the actual Summit begins this Thursday November 3rd, Oxfam has been working for months to make sure that G20 leaders make progress towards sustainable and effective solutions that work for people in poverty. This week we’re bringing key Oxfam staff from around the world to advocate for lasting solutions for people living in poverty.

Oxfam is calling on G20 leaders to agree on three main issues:

  1. First, to adopt measures that free up new resources so that people hit hardest by climate change, economic shocks and volatile food prices can protect themselves and thrive. This includes a Financial Transactions Tax (aka the Robin Hood Tax) and a fair carbon charge on international shipping.
  2. Secondly, the G20 must tackle food price volatility by making sure that the food system works effectively for food producers as well as consumers. We need better transparency, and limits on excessive speculation that is linked to volatility in food prices.
  3. Last but certainly not least, we’re asking the G20 to change how we measure economic success by making the quality of a country’s growth as equally important as the rate of growth.

Especially today, as the world population passes 7 billion, we are reminded of the increasing need for smart, sustainable solutions to attain global stability, resilience, and sustainable growth for all.

Check back every day this week for updates from Oxfam at the G20. Follow our list of Oxfam staff in Cannes on Twitter.

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Oxfam at the 2011 G20 Summit in Cannes


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