Summits 2010 - Toronto

With the G8 and G20 Summits taking place in Canada this summer, Oxfam is working to make sure that world leaders step up to the plate in tackling global poverty.

`2010 is a date with fate for the G8...There can be no half measures; no excuses. Firm commitments were made for 2010 and the eyes of the world will be upon them.

Robert Fox
Executive Director, Oxfam Canada



A critical moment...

  1. The G8/G20 Summits are first international meetings post-Copenhagen.
  2. The Millennium Development Goal are coming to deadline and the G8 serves as a vehicle to rescue these efforts
  3. Prime MinisterHarper has announced that improving global child and maternal health will be the legacy initiative of this summit. While we applaud this development, the health of women and children will not be benefited if the issues of climate change and an ailing global economy are not properly addressed.
  4. Hosting the G8/G20 Summits only happens every decade. This is Canada's moment to shine and reassert itself as a progressive power in the world.


Priority Issues

2010 presents Canada with the opportunity of reasserting itself as a global humanitarian leader. Oxfam Canada recognizes three priorities when it comes to producing meaningful change at this June's G8/G20 Summits:


1. Combating global poverty

"The failure of the G8 to fully deliver their aid commitments is particularly troubling given the growing evidence that recent increases in development assistance have achieved real measurable results."
(See linked Chapeau document)

Aid works and Oxfam Canada will push G8 leaders to fulfill their aid commitments made at the G8 Summit in Gleneagles (2005.) Aid is only one part of the development solution, but it is critical if we are to address:

  • issues of global food security
  • the expanded delivery of HIV services to the people who need it most
  • the 900 million people currently lacking access to safe and clean drinking water
  • the right of all people to access education and livelihoods


2. Creating a just global economy

The economic crisis must not be used as a reason to repeat mistakes of the past and bypass current opportunities to move towards a more sustainable economic development model worldwide.'
(See linked Chapeau document)

The global financial crisis has meant an additional 46 million people are living on less than $1.25 USD per day. Oxfam Canada will continue its push for fairer international trade rules and policies. This action is critical if we are to address the impending debt crisis faced by many poor nations.


3. Addressing climate change

We are playing Russian roulette with features of the planet's atmosphere that will profoundly impact generations to come. How long are we willing to gamble?' (David Suzuki)

6 months after Copenhagen, the G8/G20 Summits serve as a compelling opportunity for world leaders to flesh out their commitments in reducing carbon emissions and assisting poor countries with mitigating and adapting to climate change. Oxfam Canada continues to assert the connection between climate change and women's rights. The human impact of climate change is experienced daily by the world's poor, especially women and children. G8 leaders can use this summit to ratify a binding climate change agreement.