Friday, December 24, 2004
Conference notes that the G8 summit will be held in Scotland, in Gleneagles, in July 2005.
Conference believes that the G8 forum is unaccountable to the billions of people whose lives it effectively controls through its related international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and the World Trade Organisation. [OF COURSE IT'S UNACCOUNTABLE TO NON-G8 NATIONS]
Conference rejects the positive statement made by the UK Government on the announcement of the Gleneagles summit as failing to recognise the many inherent problems with the G8 and the public opposition to it.
Conference calls on the UK Government to use the G8 summit in Gleneagles to push for:
The $18bn needed to cancel 100% of the remaining debt owed by the 41 most indebted poor countries to the IMF and the World Bank.
World trade negotiations to focus on issues such as reform of the agricultural subsidies, which would be of benefit to developing countries, rather than further trade liberalisation, of benefit only to multinational corporations.[THIS I ABSOLUTELY DISAGREE WITH - FREE TRADE IS WHAT MADE SINGAPORE, HONG KONG, TAIWAN & S. KOREA RICH & IS NOW MAKING CHINA & INDIA WEALTHY. TRADE BARRIERS KEPT CHINA & INDIA POOR & ARE KEEPING N.KOREA & AFRICA SO NOW. IT IS A CRUEL LIE TO PROMISE THE 3RD WORLD OTHERWISE & ONE UTTERLY OPPOSED TO THE TRADITIONS OF THE LIBERAL PARTY WHICH WAS FOUNDED ON FREE TRADE. EU TARIFF BARRIERS IMPOVERISH THOSE ON BOTH SIDES & WE SHOULD OPPOSE THEM VIGOROUSLY]
Water to be kept out of World Trade Organisation negotiations, to prevent more people in the developing world being denied access to clean drinking water and to support the UN's goal of halving the number without access by 2015.
The G8 nations to give 0.7% of their national income in annual aid, a commitment agreed to 30 years ago at the UN but still not achieved.[WE BROKE THIS PROMISE WHEN AID WAS A WAY OF KEEPING OUR DICTATORS IN FRIENDLY & ANTI COMMUNIST & IT WILL ALWAYS BE BROKEN]