Oxfam International Blogs - oxfamg8 http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/tags/oxfamg8 en 2010 is a date with fate for G8 http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/09-07-11-2010-g8-canada <div class="field field-name-body"><p><a href="http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/g8/index.aspx?lang=eng" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Canada in 2010</strong></a> is a date with fate. When the G8 leaders meet in Muskoka next June they come face to face with a long list of commitments – on aid, on Africa, on health and education, water and sanitation, on women and children, on AIDS, on climate change and now, on support for small farmers.</p> <p>There can be no half measures; no excuses. Firm commitments were made for 2010 and the eyes of the world will be upon them. If the G8 is to have any legitimacy, it must demonstrate that it is as good as its word. If it is just a venue for photo ops, then we really can’t afford it.</p> <p>The commitments made at Gleneagles and in every G8 since speak to the urgent need for concerted action to invest in the public services and social capital that will allow more than a billion people to escape poverty and to make real progress toward the <a href="http://www.undp.org/mdg/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Millennium Development Goals</strong></a>.</p> <p>For policy wonks and governments, these goals – most quite modest – serve as signposts along the road to development. For the vast majority of women and men, girls and boys in the global South, they represent the difference between living and dying, going to school or spending your day in the search for water, getting medical care or struggling to survive. </p> <p>When you add the goal of curbing climate change – for here there has been precious little progress in setting out specific targets for action – the impact of the G8’s leadership – or lack of leadership – is universal.</p> <p>The track record to date has been dismal, with the Italian summit setting a new low in dodging accountability for performance. As first eight, then 14, then 18, 20 and 28 world leaders trotted out to smile for the cameras, the time for action on Africa slipped away.</p> <p>Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper insists the Muskoka summit will be different. The Conservative leader has made accountability a hallmark of his own administration and says he’s poised to name and shame the laggards in 2010. </p> <p>He does not apologize for setting – but meeting – modest goals for Canada. He much prefers to under-promise and over-perform. And in his wrap-up news conference in l’Aquila, he admitted he has heard no credible excuse for the lack of performance by those nations that have fallen furthest behind.</p> <p>For there can be no excuse that G8 countries are unable to meet their commitments to the billion women and children living in poverty. Not after they managed to mobilize trillions to bail out the banks. </p> <p>So we insist that when the leaders gather in Muskoka next year the accountability reports clearly demonstrate the $23 billion shortfall in aid spending has been erased and that emergency plans have been implemented to bridge the gaps. </p> <p>And we call on Prime Minister Harper to show real leadership before the G8 – or G14 or 20 or 24 if it comes to that – by taking bold action on climate change and making a clear commitment to accelerate the growth of Canadian aid to reach the 0.7 per cent of national income target set by a former Canadian prime minister 40 years ago this year. This will be crucial if he is to have the moral authority to lead.</p> <p>The last time the G8 leaders met in Canada, they launched the Africa initiative at Kananaskis. They are long overdue to live up to that promise.  </p> <p>Nothing less is acceptable.</p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>2010 is a date with fate for G8</h2></div> Sat, 11 Jul 2009 12:31:35 +0000 Robert Fox 8827 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/09-07-11-2010-g8-canada#comments G8: Bread and Circuses http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/09-07-10-g8-bread-and-circuses <div class="field field-name-body"><p>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).</p> <p>Against a backdrop of unprecedented crises – the economy, food shortages, climate change and increasing poverty – this G8 has attempted to portray itself as seriously tackling the big issues facing the world. This was the roll-up up your sleeves summit; get out and visit the people who lost their houses in the earthquake (and who are angry about still waiting for new accommodation).</p> <p>Unfortunately, it seems to be mainly business as usual and overall, <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressrelease/2009-07-10/oxfam-verdict-g8-summit-cooking-books-and-cooking-planet" rel="nofollow"><strong>Oxfam is quite critical</strong></a>. While facing such enormous crises, the world’s most powerful countries could, and should have offered more concrete leadership and action – after all, if they can’t tackle these issues, who can?</p> <p>So <strong>on aid</strong>; the commitment to the extra money promised in Gleneagles (extra $50 billion by 2010, of which half is for Africa) was made yet again - but with no plan to get there despite still being $23 billion short and only a year to go.</p> <p><strong>On climate change</strong>, an important acknowledgement of the need to keep increases in global warming below 2 degrees - but again missing the key action steps to achieve it: a 40% cut in emissions by 2020.</p> <p>The G8 also made their annual pledge to complete the biggest circus of all, the <strong>WTO Doha Round</strong> on the grounds that it is good for development. Developing countries beg to differ which is why it remains on the table G8 after G8.</p> <p>The real bright spot on was the <strong>new commitment to invest in agriculture and tackle global hunger</strong>. This is a welcome initiative, championed by President Obama who has set a real ‘can-do’ tone to the conference. We were expecting $15 billion of mostly (not all) recycled money but were pleasantly surprised that they had found a further $5 billion, mainly from non-G8 countries agreeing to join in. It is good that some momentum is building behind this but we still need to push for fresh money.</p> <p>However, the lack of overall progress probably means that the upcoming G20 will assume even greater importance and credibility as Angela Merkel foreshadowed last week.</p> <p>All is not lost. President Obama is clearly signalling that the US is back at the table and engaged on the tough issues. Compared to where the US was on climate change last year it is a massive shift. And it is clear that the leaders are responding to public pressure on poverty and climate change. Oxfam and our Italian partner <a href="http://www.ucodep.org/" rel="nofollow"><strong>Ucodep</strong></a>, and our Italian allies have kept on the pressure with <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/oxfam/collections/72157620844122205/" rel="nofollow"><strong>the Big Head stunts</strong></a> and concerted work with the G8 media corps.</p> <p>We need to maintain and build momentum through to the next G20 meeting in Pittsburgh, the UN General Assembly in September and of course <a href="http://tcktcktck.org/" rel="nofollow"><strong>the Climate Change meeting in Copenhagen</strong></a> in December.</p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>G8: Bread and Circuses</h2></div> Fri, 10 Jul 2009 17:27:35 +0000 Jeremy Hobbs 8835 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/09-07-10-g8-bread-and-circuses#comments G8 gives a boost to small farmers but more is needed http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/09-07-10-g8-gives-boost-small-farmers-more-needed <div class="field field-name-body"><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Oxfam research shows global public investment in agricultural production fell 75 per cent from its levels in the ‘70s and has hovered around US$5 billion a year for the past twenty years. So when the draft agreement for the new food security initiative pledged US$15 billion over three years, we rightly jumped on it as a reshuffling of an old aid deck.</p> <p>But between Thursday's figure and Friday's announcement, the total commitment jumped to US$20 billion - still not enough but certainly more promising.</p> <p>One of the reasons they were able to boost the commitment was that they expanded the pool of contributors beyond the G8 to include countries like Spain and Brazil. But it could be too that faced with widespread criticism about the lack of new funds for agriculture - and the generally stingy response to the global call for increased aid - the world leaders assembled in l'Aquila felt they needed to cough up more.</p> <p>It still pales in comparison with the resources mobilized world-wide to bail out the banks, but if it's properly targeted to small farmers - most of whom are women - it's a start on the types of investments needed to support small scale production for local consumption.</p> <p>On the one hand we were caught off guard when the pledge surpassed expectations. But at the same time, we know it continues to fall far short of need - and that it likely wouldn't have happened without Oxfam's and our allies' efforts.</p> <p>In the coming months we'll want to follow up carefully to confirm how much of this money is really new and to ensure it benefits the <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/investing-in-poor-farmers-pays" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">small farmers who so urgently need support to move from surviving to thriving</a>.</strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>G8 gives a boost to small farmers but more is needed</h2></div> Fri, 10 Jul 2009 16:49:35 +0000 Robert Fox 8828 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/09-07-10-g8-gives-boost-small-farmers-more-needed#comments Looking back at this G8: the big promise remains just a promise http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/09-07-10-looking-back-g8-big-promise-remains-just-promise <div class="field field-name-body"><p>It’s past 3 pm on the final day of the Summit and I’ve just started realizing that it’s over… after almost 2 years of working, sweating, worrying about the G8 there’s nothing more I can do to squeeze out positive results out of this summit for the world’s poor. What I see instead is yet another series of big announcements, good intentions and no action.</p> <p>The only concrete results have that the G8 now recommends to keep global warming below the ceiling of 2° degrees Celsius and that there seems to be new money on food and agriculture. ‘Seems’ because we still don’t know how much money of the $20 billion pledged is actually new. It might be just another way of re packaging old money pledged in the past. Meanwhile, though, the number of people who go hungry every day on this planet has gone up to 1 billion…</p> <p>As an Italian, I wish I could say that I’m proud of how Italy held its G8 presidency, but the reality is that I feel very disappointed. President Berlusconi is the senior leader and chair of the G8 and this is his third summit. He was the one to sign a <strong><a href="http://www.gcap.it/index.php?mod=1&amp;tp=1&amp;id_news=107" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">solemn commitment</a></strong> at the G8 in Gleneagles to give an extra $ 50 billion to poor countries, half of which to Africa, by next year. Several times in the last few months he’s said that he intends to keep his word. He’s said it to Geldof and to other NGOs like Oxfam only a few days ago….</p> <p>We’ve heard it from his government and from the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs too. And yet we haven’t heard a word about how he’s going to make <a href="http://www.ucodep.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=1532&amp;Itemid=487" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>this promise</strong></a> come true. 12 months away from the deadline, we still need to find $23 billion to feed the hungry, to send 80 million more children to school and to save one mother a minute from sure death when she gives birth. Berlusconi only announced that Italy would pay its annual fee to the Global Fund and invest in new ways to deliver aid… not a great way to lead by example. The other G8 countries have quickly adapted to the situation and have carefully avoided raising the subject.</p> <p> </p> <p></p><p>  </p> <p>On a positive note, I am amazed at the hard work and determination of the Oxfam team. We’ve been working almost around the clock to push for a last-minute announcement on aid, climate change or food; we read through the documents at light speed to analyze the tiniest change of tone; we pushed journalists to ask tough questions; we alerted them to the fact that devil is in the detail, <strong><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/oxfam/collections/72157620844122205/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">we confronted them</a></strong>.We also skipped a meal or two in the meantime...</p> <p>We may have not got what we were hoping for, but we sure did our best! And we’re not going to let go after this. The G20 is just around the corner, then the Copenhagen summit on climate change, and then the next G8 in Canada. We’re going to get there, no matter how long it will take! </p> <p></p> <p> </p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Looking back at this G8: the big promise remains just a promise</h2></div> Fri, 10 Jul 2009 16:02:51 +0000 Farida Bena 8829 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/09-07-10-looking-back-g8-big-promise-remains-just-promise#comments Una gran decepción http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/8826 <div class="field field-name-body"><p>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.</p> <p> En un mundo en que una persona de cada seis pasa hambre, en que cada cinco segundos un niño muere de hambre, el G8 no ha considerado que la situación requiera una acción urgente, y <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/es/pressroom/pressrelease/2009-07-10/g8-maquillar-las-cifras-maquillar-el-planeta" rel="nofollow"><strong>se ha limitado a reciclar viejas promesas</strong></a> de ayuda, anunciando a bombo y platillo 20 billones de dólares en 3 años de ayuda a la agricultura en los países pobres, gran parte de los cuales son fondos “reciclados”, y que de todos modos representan una cantidad claramente insuficiente, según estimaciones de Naciones Unidas.</p> <p>El único punto positivo es que los 8 más ricos reconocen la importancia de la pequeña agricultura en los países pobres… esperemos que eso les lleve a reconsiderar políticas comerciales injustas que hoy están hundiendo en la pobreza a millones de productores del Sur. La ronda de Doha, cuya reactivación se ha anunciado ayer, será una buena oportunidad de demostrar si los países ricos están dispuestos a poner fin a su tradicional incoherencia de políticas.</p> <p></p> <p>La sesión sobre Africa ha sido otro ejemplo de montaje para la galería, con invitados extraordinarios, muchas fotos impactantes,  y un montón de promesas incumplidas.</p> <p>De cambio climático ya hemos hablado, las decisiones de este G8 son tímidas en cuanto a objetivos de mitigación, y absolutamente insuficientes en cuanto a la ayuda que los países pobres necesitan para hacer frente a los efectos del calentamiento global, que para ellos hoy ya son una realidad.</p> <p>En definitiva, si el G8 quiere volver a reunirse el año que viene en Canadá, deberá hacer un esfuerzo importante en los próximos meses para recuperar su dañadísima credibilidad como órgano de gobernanza mundial. En Oxfam Internacional nos ponemos ya manos a la obra para seguir presionando por un modelo global más justo y equitativo.</p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Una gran decepción</h2></div> Fri, 10 Jul 2009 15:32:41 +0000 Ariane Arpa 8826 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/8826#comments More progress urgently needed on climate change http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/09-07-10-more-progress-urgently-needed-climate-change <div class="field field-name-body"><p>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. For the first time ever, G8 leaders and then today representatives of the major economies (and emitters) have acknowledged <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/bp130-suffering-the-science" rel="nofollow"><strong>climate change</strong></a> must be curbed before average global temperatures rise more than 2 degrees Celsius above their level of 1900. It's a major admission of a stark reality but there's no reason to pop open the champagne. As relieved as we are to have this hurdle behind us, the next steps leading up to a global agreement in Copenhagen remain littered with pitfalls. While agreement was reached to cut emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 there is no clear plan how we get from here to there – and some of the countries that signed on to the agreement already seem to be back-pedalling – including Canada according to reports in the Toronto Star.</p> <p> </p> <p> It's easy to get lost in <a href="http://www.g8italia2009.it/G8/Home/Summit/G8-G8_Layout_locale-1199882116809_Atti.htm" rel="nofollow"><strong>the details</strong></a> about targets and base years and carbon capture. And it's easy to be put off by the jockeying of the northern countries to shift the blame and burden to the global South. But at the end of the day, the cruel reality is that <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/climatechange/suffering-the-science-case-studies" rel="nofollow"><strong>climate change is already wreacking havoc</strong></a> with the world's poor. We see it in the sharp increase in violent weather - hurricanes, cyclones, droughts, floods, mudslides. We see it in the increasing number of hours women and girls must spend daily in fetching water – walking on average six kilometres, balancing 20 litres and more of water on their heads, taking precious time away from families, from working their fields, from school, from leisure and putting themselves in vulnerable positions as they walk through fields and forests in the search for fresh water. We see it in the increasing numbers of people who are forced to migrate in search of food, pasture and peace in conflicts made worse by the competition for scarce resources. It is this cruel reality that makes the call for funding to support adaptation so compelling and so urgent. G8 leaders and others jockeying for geo-economic and geo-political advantage seem miss this crucial point. Lives are at stake and ever more of them are teetering on the brink. Let's keep up <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/climatechange/communities-adapting-to-climate-change" rel="nofollow"><strong>our efforts to reach out</strong></a> to those most in need and to ensure climate justice for all. Recent progress makes it clear that we are making a difference. But it's also clear that now is the time to redouble our efforts.</p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>More progress urgently needed on climate change</h2></div> Fri, 10 Jul 2009 12:15:42 +0000 Robert Fox 8825 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/09-07-10-more-progress-urgently-needed-climate-change#comments A medio camino http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/8824 <div class="field field-name-body"><p>Se empieza a notar el cansancio y la falta de sueño en los equipos que de una manera u otra trabajamos en torno a <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/es/campaigns/g8-2009" rel="nofollow"><strong>esta cumbre del G8</strong></a>. 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.</p> <p>• Se han confirmado nuestras preocupaciones en cuanto a la timidez de las decisiones en cambio climático, veremos qué hace Estados Unidos pero me temo que tendremos que seguir luchando si queremos impedir que millones de personas sufran hambre o tengan que dejar sus hogares porque los líderes mundial no se toman en serio el calentamiento global. Por cierto, esta mañana parte del equipo Oxfam Internacional cometió una grave incoherencia, y recibió su justo castigo. Resulta que iban en coche de Chieti, donde está el centro de prensa, a l’Aquila. Para atender unas llamadas por el móvil, pararon el coche, pero dejaron el aire acondicionado encendido, contradiciendo así todos nuestros discursos sobre protección del medio ambiente. Obviamente se agotó la batería y les tocó empujar el coche bajo un sol de justicia. Lástima que no haya fotos del evento, me encantaría colgarlas en la web.</p> <p> • Hoy han empezado las reuniones del G8 ampliado a los 5 grandes países emergentes y a Egipto. Cada vez hay más confusión de roles entre el G8 ampliado, el G20, las cumbres varias de grandes potencias… Si como parece hay acuerdo en que el mundo ya no puede estar gobernado por unos pocos, ¿a qué esperamos para potenciar el papel de Naciones Unidas y emprender una reforma seria de instituciones internacionales como el Banco Mundial o el FMI?</p> <p>• Mañana se estrena en el G8 el presidente Zapatero. Es la primera vez que España asiste a un G8 (hay un precedente de hace varios años, pero entonces fue en calidad de presidente de turno de la UE). Será un buen momento para ver si Zapatero traslada a nivel internacional el compromiso con la lucha contra la pobreza que demuestra en España. España no debe estar en el G8 sólo por sus estadísticas económicas, sino por su capacidad de presentar propuestas innovadoras y progresistas. ¡Zapatero, no te cortes!</p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>A medio camino</h2></div> Fri, 10 Jul 2009 12:01:55 +0000 Ariane Arpa 8824 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/8824#comments Les dirigeants du G8, enceinte et 'enceints', pratiquent leur yoga pré-natal http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/8821 <div class="field field-name-body"><p>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.</p> <p>C’est ce qu’Oxfam a mit de l’avant ce matin en mettant en scène <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/oxfam/sets/72157621085232981/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>les dirigeants du G8 dans une séance de yoga intense</strong></a> et pas très orthodoxe. Dans un état de grossesse très avancés, nos bénévoles se sont exercés sous les yeux écarquillés des passant, extrêmement nombreux à cet endroit. Et oui, je peux le confirmer, nous avons encore eu droit à la présence impressionnante de très nombreux médias. Ariane Arpa, porte-parole d’Oxfam, a donné des entrevues sur place à Reuters TV, AP TV, la première chaîne allemande, une radio, et Michael O’Brien a filé dans les studios de la RAI 24 dès la fin de l’activité.</p> <p>Tout s’est déroulé à merveille aujourd’hui… peut-être trop ? C’était notre dernière action publique et nous n’arrivons pas encore à croire que ce soir, ce sera fini. Victoria travaille de l’hôtel, Wendy met en ligne les derniers blogs, je fais le montage de la vidéo d’aujourd’hui, et nous sommes suspendus aux lèvres de nos collègues, depuis l’Aquila, qui analysent la dernière journée de ce Sommet qui achève.</p> <p>Je leur laisse le mot de la fin et de l’analyse qui viendra un peu plus tard dans la version anglaise de nos blogs.</p> <p>C’est drôle, il reste encore pas mal de pain sur la planche avant de quitter l’Italie, mais on sent déjà la fin (parfois la faim aussi). Les bénévoles d’UCODEP, qui venaient de partout à travers l’Italie, commence à rentrer chez eux, les au-revoir commencent.</p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Les dirigeants du G8, enceinte et &#039;enceints&#039;, pratiquent leur yoga pré-natal</h2></div> Fri, 10 Jul 2009 10:09:25 +0000 Justine Lesage 8821 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/8821#comments It takes a lot more to end hunger

 http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/09-07-09-more-needed-to-end-hunger <div class="field field-name-body"><p>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: <a href="http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/20568/icode/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>This year more than 1 billion people will face hunger</strong></a>. That's more hungry people than ever in human history. 

Horrible and tragic and, worst: solvable. 

Last year, the UN convened a <a href="http://www.un.org/issues/food/taskforce/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>high level task force that looked at the issue</strong></a>.</p> <p>The task force said that $25-40b additional would be needed to respond to the food and hunger crisis.  It's a lot of money, and yet it's not so much. As a price tag to end the scourge of hunger, it's really pretty cheap. 

So the question is: how much can the G8 come up with to end hunger? 

Various <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/09/world/europe/09food.html?partner=rssuserland&amp;emc=rss&amp;pagewanted=all" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>press reports</strong></a> have said that an announcement is coming for $15 billion on Friday. That would be a tremendous down payment on the total needed. Maybe a celebration is in order? </p> <p></p> <p>But, of course, the devil is in details. On closer inspection, perhaps the $15 billion is less than it appears. First, it's meant to be spent over 3 years, not one. So, it's more like $5 billion a year.</p> <p>But then, is that $5 billion in additional money, or $5 billion total? Turns out, it's total spending, including existing spending…</p> <p>Well, $5 billion is approximately what donors are already spending on development aid or agriculture. So, what started as an exciting hope, is ending as a bit of a deflation. We shall see tomorrow (Friday the 10th) what happens.</p> <p>In the mean time, we choreographed a stunt on food today, in Rome (see photo). The G8 leaders fill their plates, while 1 in 6 people in the world are left hungry.</p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>It takes a lot more to end hunger

</h2></div> Thu, 09 Jul 2009 18:00:19 +0000 Gawain Kripke 8834 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blog/09-07-09-more-needed-to-end-hunger#comments Les décisions du G8 et surtout leurs actions pourraient éviter que des millions de personnes meurent de faim http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/8819 <div class="field field-name-body"><p>Ce soir à l’Aquila, ils seront plus de 30 chefs d’État à partager le festin du grand dîner officiel du G8. Pendant ce temps, un milliard de personnes sont en danger de mort à cause de la malnutrition. C’est une personne sur six qui est concernée et 16 000 enfants meurent des conséquences de la faim chaque jour.</p> <p>Hier soir, notre hôtel grouillait encore d’activités à 2h du matin et grâce à la magie des bénévoles et artistes, les câbles électriques et les éponges se sont transformés en gigantesques plats de spaghettis. Depuis que nos collègues sont partis pour l’Aquila, de nouveaux clients les ont remplacés dans les chambres de l’hôtel : nous les remercions aussi pour leur patience infinie, pour supporter l’état-major installé dans le hall d’entrée, le lobby monopolisé par des boites, des Grosses têtes, des roches, des décors et j’en passe, et les portes qui s’ouvrent et se ferment et les courses dans les couloirs à toutes heures du jour et de la nuit.</p> <p>Nous étions de nouveau en route à 7h, reposées. On aura réussi à se remettre de la magnifique nuit de 2h qui a précédé. La mise en place s’est faite tranquillement dans le gazon, en avant d’une église, à <strong><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/oxfam/sets/72157621036940835/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">la Piazza San Giovanni</a></strong>. L’équipe commence à être bien rodée. À 8h45, seuls les photographes de l’Associated Press et de l’Agence France Presse était présent, avec deux photographes de journaux italiens. L’intérêt des médias pour nos superbes mises en scène semble d’essouffler. Tant pis !</p> <p>Mais ce qui nous préoccupe, c’est surtout les agents de police et le service de sécurité de l’église qui semblent de plus en plus nerveux. Nous apprenons alors que nous avons l’autorisation de tenir l’événement à la Piazza San Giovanni… mais pas celle-là ! Celle qui est tout à fait de l’autre côté du pâté de maison et qui porte évidemment le même nom. Il y a quand même maintenant 5 ou 6 photographes qui attendent, et nous apprenons que les autorités sont en route pour nous déloger. Hier, des militants d’autres ONG ont été arrêtés pour avoir fait des manifestations sans permis. Nous ne pouvons pas nous permettre de perdre quelques heures en leur compagnie, surtout après tous les efforts qui ont été mis dans la préparation, à fournir tout ce qu’il fallait comme information pour être en parfait accord avec la loi. </p> <p>Le stunt commence donc à 8h55 et se termine à 9h, juste avant l’arrivée de la police. Nous remballons tout et la course commence pour déplacer les tables, les plats de spaghettis, les boites, les chaises… nettoyer toute trace de notre passage. Très peu satisfaisant pour les médias présents, nous décidons de remonter la scène à la bonne Piazza. Grand bien nous en fasse, surgissent alors les caméras de Reuters, AP, AFP, des agences italiennes, nous sommes soudain beaucoup plus nombreux. Et non, l’intérêt pour la chose ne s’amenuise pas. Au contraire, les représentants des médias semblent apprécier notre façon d’amener le débat sur des questions plus humaines et sociales de façon ludique et créative (dixit un photographe sur place). <strong><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/oxfam/sets/72157621036940835/" rel="nofollow">L’événement est un grand succès</a></strong> et l’œil perplexe des policiers est toujours posé sur nous.Demain, dernier stunt, à la Piazza Esedra. Mais vérification faite, cette place porte aussi le nom de Piazza della Repubblica ! Pourquoi faire simple…</p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Les décisions du G8 et surtout leurs actions pourraient éviter que des millions de personnes meurent de faim</h2></div> Thu, 09 Jul 2009 10:57:52 +0000 Justine Lesage 8819 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/8819#comments