Friday, June 08, 2007

Update on G8 Summit and the Long Walk to Justice: Leaders agree on 'substantial' cuts in Greenhouse gases...What about debt relief and aid to Africa?

PHOTO ABOVE: Tens of thousands come out in Rostack last Saturday to protest the G-8 meetings held in Germany this week and hosted by Chancellor Merkel of Germany (more...).

The G-8 Summit ended today in Germany. Here are the highlights in a nutshell:

Group of Eight (G8) powers did not get past United States resistance to committing to specific number goals to curb global warming but did acknowledge the goal of some countries of cutting emissions by 50 per cent by 2050 (more...).

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is heading the G8 presidency, said this week's G8 summit has been a success. She believes a a 'clear mandate' on tackling climate change has been established (more...).

On Bono's efforts to make poverty history ( 2005"Long Walk to Justice" Concerts) and related efforts to raise awareness about debt relief to Africa, there is 'no doubt that we are moving in the right direction'.

Making reference to her discussions with rock star Bono who had attended last year's G8 summit to campaign for the industrialised countries to increase their aid to Africa, she said the singer was unhappy because he 'wanted early sights of the budgets for 2009/10' (more...)

President Bush hit by stomach complaints at summit(more...)