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Aid and climate justice key to G8 in Italy

Aid and climate justice key to G8 in Italy

Caritas is urging leaders of G8 countries meeting in the Italian town of L’Aquila to return to promises on aid and revitalize climate change negotiations.

Caritas says that increased aid flows from G8 countries in the past has led to an improvement in the lives of people living in developing countries.

The economic crisis means more people have been driven into poverty and need support of the world’s rich. But the poor are facing betrayal as G8 donors cut aid spending.

Climate change negotiations that will see a new deal in Copenhagen in December need fresh impetuous if the world is to get a desperately needed cuts in emissions and extra support for poor countries to adapt to extreme weather. Caritas is being represented in L’Aquila by CAFOD, one of its members in the UK.

Joanne Green, Head of Policy and Pascale Palmer, Communications Officer from CAFOD (Caritas England and Wales) can be contacted on +447785950585 or ppalmer@carod.org.uk

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