NGOs React to G20 Summit Outcomes
WASHINGTON, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Members of the U.S.-based NGO alliance InterAction released the following statements on the outcomes of the G20 Summit:
"With food prices swinging wildly and the planet burning, this was the moment for bold proposals from the G20. Instead, on food security and climate change, the G20 turned in last year's homework, content to reaffirm old plans and commission more studies."
Neil Watkins, Director of Policy and Campaigns, ActionAid USA
"InterAction is pleased that the G20 declaration expresses support for a number of important development issues. These include the supporting Scaling Up Nutrition, launching the AgResults initiative, extending the Anti-Corruption Working Group's mandate for two years, and phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies. Unfortunately, these words of support are not accompanied by concrete steps, action plans, or benchmarks for completion."
John Ruthrauff, Director of International Advocacy, InterAction
"Political courage seems to be in short supply in Los Cabos. The G20 has consistently promised a lot, but delivered very little. The Seoul and Cannes summits gave us hope that a new drive on development had begun, but too much of the work that was started has not been advanced by leaders in Los Cabos. Leaders must match their rhetoric by ensuring that their stated desire to address global poverty is backed-up by concrete action in the months ahead."
Michael Elliott, CEO, ONE
"This is a hugely disappointing outcome for developing countries. Europe's crisis must be fixed because it's becoming a serious drain on developing countries. But it is not good enough for the G20 to have fought over growth versus austerity in Europe. Leaders failed to keep the world's poorest in their sights, despite the fact that more than half these people live in G20 countries."
Carlos Zarco, Executive Director, Oxfam Mexico
World Vision U.S.
"We are pleased to see a greater emphasis on nutrition included in food security solutions; however this year's G20 Summit represents a missed opportunity to lead nutrition-specific solutions. The Summit focused more on recycling previous commitments and sharing best practices and not enough on making measurable political commitments in the fight against poverty and hunger."
Adam Taylor, Vice President of Advocacy, World Vision