British Prime Minister Establishes Commission on Africa to Examine Problems Facing Continent, Including HIV/AIDS
March 1, 2004
British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday announced the establishment of a commission on Africa, which will examine HIV/AIDS and other challenges facing the continent and ways to resolve those issues, BBC News reports (BBC News, 2/26). The commission, which includes politicians, economists and advocates from Africa and developed nations, has one year to develop a report that will aim to put Africa in the forefront of the international agenda during Britain's year as chair of the G8 and during the United Kingdom's presidency of the European Union, according to London's Independent. During a press conference in London, Blair, who will chair the commission, said that the group will examine a wide range of areas, including economic issues, education, conflict resolution, health, environment, HIV/AIDS, governance and culture. The commission aims to produce "a comprehensive assessment of the situation in Africa and policies toward Africa -- what has worked, what has not worked and what more can and should be done," Blair said. The goal of the commission is "to regalvanize the international community to act," he added, saying that it is "easier to get people to take action if a report is published just before a summit" (Vallely, Independent, 2/27).
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