Commentary & Opinion
G8's "Disappointing Track Record"
May 5, 2010
In a Vancouver Sun opinion piece, columnist Barbara Yaffe writes about the "disappointing track record of delivery on past G8 aid promises" in light of recent concern over Canada's announcement that it will not fund abortion in its G8 initiative. Yaffe includes several quotes from Julio Montaner, president of the International AIDS Society (IAS) and director of British Columbia's Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, who highlights the G8's weak follow through on the Universal Access Pledge adopted in 2005, which "promised delivery of HIV prevention, treatment and care to all those needing it by 2010."
As the the Canadian government prepares to focus on maternal and child health at the G8 meeting this summer, Montaner said, "There cannot be a successful Maternal and Child Health Initiative, unless we deliver on the Universal Access Pledge" for HIV/AIDS. He also "says there is an even bigger issue at play -- a failure to honour past foreign aid commitments." He said, "The G8 has failed to deliver on the pledge, despite repeatedly reassuring the international community about their commitment" (5/5).
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