[A2k] Guardian piece on outcome of G7 summit in Schloss Elmau
thiru at keionline.org
Mon Jun 8 12:35:09 PDT 2015
As host of the summit which took place in the foothills of Germany’s
largest mountain, the Zugspitze, Merkel said the leading industrialised
countries were committed to raising $100bn (£65bn) in annual climate
financing by 2020 from public and private sources.
Merkel also announced that G7 governments had signed up to initiatives to
work for an end to extreme poverty and hunger, reducing by 2030 the number
of people living in hunger and malnutrition by 500 million, as well as
improving the global response to epidemics in the light of the Ebola crisis.
Poverty <http://www.theguardian.com/society/poverty> campaigners reacted
with cautious optimism to the news.
The participant countries – Germany, Britain, the US, Canada, Japan and
Italy – would work on initiatives to combat disease and help countries
around the world react to world epidemics, including a fund within the
World Bank dedicated to tackling health emergencies, Merkel announced at a
press conference after the summit formally ended on Monday afternoon.
Jeremy Farrar of the Wellcome Trust said the proposals would “transform the
resilience of global health systems”. But he said the success of the
measures would depend on the effectiveness with which they could be
coordinated on a global scale and that required fundamental reform of the
World Health Organisation, something the leaders stopped short of deciding
“We urge world leaders to consider establishing an independent body within
the WHO with the authority and responsibility to deliver this,” he said.
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