The G8 Summit: Our opportunity to make a difference in 2013

By 12 February 2013 No Comments

As the UK prepares to host the 39th G8 Summit in Northern Ireland in May this year, the development world is gathering forces and launching various campaigns and petitions to voice their most pressing concerns to eight world leaders: David Cameron (UK), Obama (USA), François Hollande (France), Angela Merkel (Germany), Stephen Harper (Canada), Mario Monti (Italy), Shinzō Abe (Japan), Vladimir Putin (Russia).

Below we’ve chosen a few campaigns and petitions you can sign online, adding your voice to the issues for our world leaders to consider in May.


Health Poverty Action: Put health at the heart of tackling poverty

Health Poverty Action are asking supporters to sign a petition asking David Cameron, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to include Universal Health Coverage as a key element of achieving a better future for all. Ban Ki Moon, the United Nations’ Secretary General, has appointed these three world leaders to advise him on a new framework for development after 2015. This framework will lay the foundations for poverty reduction for the foreseeable future and is likely to be the most important piece of work on development in our lifetimes. They will lead a High Level Panel on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, and are set to make their recommendations to the United Nations at the G8 Summit in May this year.

According to Health Poverty Action: “Everyone has the right to decent health services, but millions of people around the world have to pay for healthcare at the very moment they need it. This can push them into extreme poverty, and often results in needless deaths as people don’t see a doctor when they need to. As world leaders discuss what replaces the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015, it is vital that they include measures to ensure that everyone can get quality health services when they need them without having to pay for them on the spot, as they can with the UK’s NHS.”

If you’d like to join Health Poverty Action in urging the Chairs of the panel advising the UN on the new framework, sign their petition urging our leaders to make sure that health is at the heart of a new global development framework.


Oxfam, Care, Twin, World Vision, Bond, Christian Aid, Save the Children, Fairtrade Foundation (and more): IF

Over 130 charitable organisations have come together to campaign for change on what they see as the four big issues that mean that so many people do not get enough food around the world. They believe that relatively simple changes could help, and that if the leaders decide to act at the G8 Summit in May, a real difference could be made. The four issues are:

Aid – Enough Food For Everyone IF we give enough aid to stop children dying from hunger and help the poorest families feed themselves.

Tax – Enough Food For Everyone IF governments stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries.

Land – Enough Food For Everyone IF we stop poor farmers being forced off their land and grow crops to feed people, not fuel cars.

Transparency – Enough Food For Everyone IF governments and big companies are honest and open about their actions that stop people getting enough food.

If you’d like to join the IF campaign, find out more about writing to your MP and the Chancellor before Budget Day this year.

 “Together, we can make IF happen. The more of us who get involved, then the greater pressure there will be on world leaders to tackle global hunger in 2013.”


The Fairtrade Foundation: Step

The Fairtrade Foundation has launched a special campaign for Fairtrade Fortnight, with a petition to pressure the G8 leaders to make life easier for smallholder farmers.

“Despite producing 70% of the world’s food, over half of the world’s hungriest people are smallholder farmers. With this petition we are calling on David Cameron to go further and champion a better deal for the world’s smallholder farmers at this year’s G8 meeting.”

 If you’d like to sign the Step petition to make trade more fair for smallholder farmers, click here [Update: No longer active].