Blog: G8: Bread and Circuses

While not quite the Circus Maximus, Silvio Berlusconi’s G8 has been an amazing exercise in spin, powered by round-the-clock ‘bread’ and refreshments for the journalists reporting the event (and it should be said, NGOs as well).

Blog: G8 gives a boost to small farmers but more is needed

Just to show it's not over 'til it's over - and underline the power of targeted advocacy - the final communiqué on food security from the G8 leaders caught everyone by surprise by boosting the pledge for support to agriculture to US$20 billion.

It may not have been our critique that moved the leaders to set a more ambitious goal but our strong message to governments - and through the media to their citizens - can't have hurt in moving the bar.

Blog: Una gran decepción

Hace un par de horas que ha concluido la cumbre del G8 2009, y la sensación general es de gran decepción. Una vez más los líderes de los países más ricos del mundo nos han llenado de buenas palabras, pero no han estado a la altura de sus responsabilidades.

The G8 feast on spaghetti, while 1 out of 6 people go hungry. Credit: Ilaria DiBiagio/Oxfam-UCODEP

Blog: More progress urgently needed on climate change

Day Two and the focus shifts from the G8 (which in the end met as a group for only several hours) to an ever larger group of world leaders – including all the big producers of green house gases, north and south. Climate change has received more attention in l'Aquila than at any previous summit. And with Obama in the White House the logjam that has blocked even the most modest progress has been broken. 

El G8 tienen un banquete de espaguetti mientras 1 de cada 6 padecen de hambre. Autor: Ilaria DiBiagio/Oxfam-UCODEP

Blog: A medio camino

Se empieza a notar el cansancio y la falta de sueño en los equipos que de una manera u otra trabajamos en torno a esta cumbre del G8. Así que reservaré para mañana y para un comentario de las declaraciones finales los análisis más profundos, y me limitaré a algunas reflexiones y anécdotas al vuelo.

Pregnant G8 leaders take a pre-natal yoga class

Blog: Les dirigeants du G8, enceinte et 'enceints', pratiquent leur yoga pré-natal

Chaque minute, une femme meurt en donnant la vie. Chaque jour, 75 millions d’enfants en âge d’être scolarisé n’ont pas accès à l’éducation. Si les dirigeants du G8 étaient « enceints », ils se sentiraient plus concernés par la vie de ces mères. Si leurs enfants se retrouvaient devant des portes d’écoles fermées, ils en feraient certainement plus pour l’accès à l’éducation. Si leurs enfants n’avaient ni docteurs, ni professeurs, ni eau potable, ils en feraient plus pour éradiquer la pauvreté.

G8 feasting while 1 out of 6 people are hungry

Blog: It takes a lot more to end hunger

For weeks the rumors have floated that President Obama wanted to make a major announcement at the G8 on the issue of hunger. His staff said that he wanted to focus on aid to small farmers to help them grow their way out of poverty and feed themselves. It's exciting and very welcome in the light of the news that world faces a sad milestone in 2009: This year more than 1 billion people will face hunger. That's more hungry people than ever in human history.

G8 leaders cooking up the planet. Credit: Nicola Sacco/Oxfam

Blog: G8 journalists let leaders off lightly

We've now seen what they've agreed to and it isn't pretty. On aid and Africa, there's nothing new. And on the economic crisis, well, let's just say the impact on the poor in the global South wasn't top of mind for G8 leaders.

When you speak to journalists about this stark reality they ask: "But where's the news? Every year we hear the same thing."

A fuego lento

Blog: A fuego lento

Hoy los líderes del G8 se han dedicado a la cocina. En una enorme olla han metido el globo terráqueo, y han  preparado un guiso aderezado con gases varios… Se lo han pasado muy bien, porque además la mayor parte no se la iban a comer ellos, sino que se la iban a servir a los países pobres.

Stunt: G8 leaders cooking the planet need a recipe to stop climate change

Blog: Gx climate dynamix

The real shift in power dynamics toward the G5 countries – Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and South Africa – is striking. Their leaders ride in police-escorted buses from their own buildings, their packed press conferences are now held in the main Summit site, their correspondents throng the media center and they even have their own page on the official G8 site. They are no longer the “Outreach 5”.


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