BY LUKE COPPEN
CAFOD HAS described the leaders of the world's richest nations as "big on good intentions, but feeble on action" following the G8 summit in Evian, France this week.
The official aid agency of the bishops' conference of England and Wales said the leaders gave African leaders little new to take back to a continent wracked by hunger, poverty and AIDS. Cafod's Head of Policy, George Gelber, said: "They take home good intentions, rather then the desperately needed resources and reforms necessary to halve the number of people living on less than a dollar a day in Africa."
The agency said the summit's focus on terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction distracted leaders from pressing development issues, such as unpayable debt, water, environmental protection, AIDS and famine.
-The breadth of this agenda must be matched by the depth of the G8's pockets," Mr Gelber said. 'This means providing the resources needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, getting serious about trade reform and meeting the
African leaders concerns on debt relief."
Tony Blair said this week that the G8 leaders had recognised that the subsidies G8 countries give to agriculture undermined the livelihoods of Third World farmers. Mr Gelber questioned America's commitment to reform, but welcomed the country's plans to provide $15 billion for the battle against HIV/AIDS.