WASHINGTON, June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The NGO alliance InterAction welcomes the G20's inclusion of development issues; however, these words of support are not accompanied by concrete steps, action plans, or benchmarks for completion.
In their final declaration at the close of the 2012 Summit, leaders of the G20 nations pledged their commitment to a number of initiatives vital to the continued development of impoverished communities and nations around the world. The expressed support for the Scaling Up Nutrition movement, the extension of the Anti-Corruption Working Group's mandate, and the agreement to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies are positive steps towards addressing the needs of the poor. Also encouraging is the announcement of the $100 million AgResults initiative fund, which will be used to incentivize innovation in the agricultural sector.
"When confronted with a severe crisis on your own doorstep, it can be easy to sideline development issues. But these problems are real and they are not going away unless we take measurable steps to address them," said Samuel A. Worthington, President and CEO of InterAction. "Up to 1 billion people in the world today face chronic hunger; 3.5 million children die of malnutrition every year. The pledges made by the G20 are promising, but they do not go nearly far enough. Inclusive growth is in the interest of all, and allows people the world-over to help themselves. Now is the time for action."