Debt Relief Advocates ONE Campaign, Global Healing Initiative Make a Difference at G8 Summit

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The ONE Campaign, an effort to fight global AIDS and extreme poverty, and Global Healing Initiative, a coalition of organizations dedicated to an ethical public policy for peace, justice, and sustainability of Third World nations, admit that while the G8 Summit was successful in many ways, there is still much to be done. The One Campaign is not asking for your money--it is asking for your voice. Global Healing Initiative is calling for donations to help make poverty history and build sustainable communities in Africa through advocacy, education, and four Africa Community Projects.

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After the G8 Summit reached its end, feelings were mixed on how much was actually achieved. The ONE Campaign, an effort by Americans to rally Americans to fight global AIDS and extreme poverty, and Global Healing Initiative, a coalition of interfaith, environmental, business, and government organizations dedicated to an ethical public policy for peace, justice, and sustainability of Third World nations, admit that while the G8 Summit was successful in providing debt relief and additional aid, there is still much to be done.

“It was great to see that events like LIVE8 and the work of the ONE Campaign could actually get world leaders to begin to listen, but there is still much left to do, particularly in the area of providing more debt relief and in creating more fair and just trade policies for Africa,” said David Randle, delegate for the ONE Campaign to the G8 Summit and Global Healing Initiative Co-Facilitator. “In the long run, only trade policies rooted in justice will allow Africa to become more self-sustaining.”

According to Randle, the debt relief and additional aid the countries attending the G8 Summit have agreed to provide means:

  • Deaths from Malaria can be cut in half by 2010
  • Any country with a credible plan for education will have the funding for it
  • Nine million people will now have access to anti-HIV drugs that did not before.

“It is only time that will decide whether this summit is historic or not,” said Sir Bob Geldof, creator of Live8. “What is true is that never before have so many people forced a change in policy onto the global agenda. We are beginning to see the lives of the poor of Africa determined not by charity but by justice.”

Groups like the ONE Campaign, the National Council of Churches, the United Religions Initiative, the Alliance for New Humanity, and the Global Healing Initiative will be needed to make sure that the long walk to justice, through debt relief, fair trade policies, and the fight against AIDS, continues to move forward beyond the G8 Summit.

Currently over 30 organizations have joined together to work for the Global Healing Initiative and to support community projects in Africa in Uganda, Malawi, Southern Sudan, and South Africa. To make a contribution to the Global Healing Initiative, visit http://www.GlobalHealing.net. All donations are fully tax-deductible, and every dollar contributed helps to strengthen an international network committed to peace, justice, and sustainability.

About The ONE Campaign

The ONE Campaign is engaging Americans through a diverse coalition of faith-based and anti-poverty organizers to show the steps people can take, ONE by ONE, to fight global AIDS and poverty.

About The Global Healing Initiative

The Global Healing Initiative is an effort to provide an ethical public policy for peace, justice, and sustainability of Third World nations. It is administered by the WHALE Center, and has now been joined by over 30 affiliate organizations, thousands of individuals, and businesses.

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