CANNES, France, Nov. 4, 2011 /CNW/ - Today the G-20 wrapped up in
Cannes, France and development was underrepresented in the discussions
and the global attention. Here are comments from World Vision
spokespeople in this final hour of the summit:
On Canada's involvement: (Sheri Arnott, World Vision Canada's senior
policy advisor for food security)
"Canada has been a leader on food security and child and maternal
health, however at this G-20 summit, there appears to be no evidence of
Canada using its leverage as a leader on these issues to push through
the dominant focus on the Greek crisis and encourage the G-20 to make
sure that development issues stayed on the agenda. Canada was the first
to deliver on its L'Aquila food security commitments and has blazed a
trail on child and maternal health with the Muskoka Initiative and
Prime Minister Harper's chairing role on the WHO Accountability
Commission, so there is an opportunity to be an advocate for
development at the G-20. "
On "the real 99 percent": (Adam Taylor, World Vision)
"Around the world, there is a growing protest movement putting the issue
of inequity squarely on the public agenda. I believe there is another
99 percent we need the G-20 to remember and prioritize. 99 percent of
children who die every year of preventable deaths live in developing
countries. They are the real 99 percent."
On what the G20 missed: (Mauricio Cunha, World Vision Brazil,
"The G-20 had a unique opportunity this week because some of these
leaders are facing the huge challenge of fighting hunger and poverty in
their own countries. Unfortunately, this G-20 will be remembered as a
missed opportunity. 'New world, new ideas' is a hollow slogan in light
of how little has actually been accomplished. I hope that Mexico will
write a truly new story, with new ideas."
On the Eurozone crisis dominating the Summit: (Adam Taylor)
"G-20 and G-8 leaders have a history of letting their agendas be
derailed by unexpected crises that emerge in the days leading up to a
Summit. Certainly the ambitious G-20 slogan that "History will be
written in Cannes" rings hollow in light of how little was actually
achieved on their original agenda."
On food security and nutrition: (Mauricio Cunha, World Vision Brazil,
"44 percent of the world's malnourished children live in G-20 countries,
and two-thirds of the world's population lives within their borders.
These issues deserve the dedicated attention and leadership of all G-20
World Vision's Report Card at the close of 2011 G-20 Cannes Summit
World Vision's calls leading up to the G-20 Summit
What the leaders delivered
Work with governments, UN, NGOs and the private sector to develop a
global strategy and ways to ensure early and effective response to
prevent acute food insecurity and malnutrition.
WV welcomes that the G-20 has taken up the issue of people facing severe
food crises, like in the Horn of Africa at the moment. We are pleased
that the G-20 has endorsed the piloting of emergency food reserves as
this will help fill a critical gap in getting food resources to
severely food insecure people in a timely manner. However, we are
disappointed that the specific nutritional needs of women and children,
who are most vulnerable in a food crisis, will not be addressed during
the pilot phase.
Ensure agriculture and food security policies and programs include
improved nutrition goals for women and children as a key objective.
Despite references in the Development Ministers' and Agriculture
Ministers' statements, the final communiqué failed to recognize the
importance of nutrition in all aspects of food security. To reduce
hunger and unacceptable levels of child malnutrition, improved
nutrition outcomes for women and children—especially in the first 1000
days (from conception to 2 years)—must be a key objective of food
security initiatives supported by the G-20.
Put systems in place that reduce extreme and volatile food prices that
leave poor children hungry by increasing market transparency and
reducing the impact of biofuels on food prices.
World Vision is pleased the G-20 is seeking to improve functioning of
agriculture commodity markets. Improved transparency through the
Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) is a good first step in
addressing destructive levels of volatility in global food markets, but
to truly address the most destructive aspects of excessive speculation,
the G-20 will need to take much bolder action in future. We are
disappointed that the G-20 has failed to act on biofuels as evidence is
clear that it's contributing to pushing basic food prices beyond the
reach of many families.
Provide increased and better coordinated support for small-scale
Despite the fact that support for small-scale farmers, particularly
women, is widely recognized as a key to global food security, the G-20
failed to even mention small-scale farmers.
World Vision supports the concept of innovative forms of finance to
ensure adequate resources for development, the achievement of the MDGs
and the response to climate change. However we do not think such
finance should replace existing and achievable development assistance
We applaud the fact that it was a dedicated agenda topic, and applaud a
number of its recommendations, including the emphasis on identifying
new sources of funding and the insistence that these be in addition to
current aid commitments, the need for developing countries to do more
to raise resources domestically (through improved taxation, for
example) and the emphasis on innovation to solve the challenges faced
by poor countries. There was a lack of consensus on innovative
financing coming into the Summit, but the G-20 was successful in moving
forward with some concrete steps.
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Tiffany Baggetta at the G-20 in Cannes, France