Churches urge G8 leaders to act on AIDS, poverty and climate change

Speaking ahead of the G8 Summit to be held in Germany on June 6, The Methodist Church, United Reformed Church and Baptist Union of Great Britain have issued this statement:

"As the G8 meets in Germany, our churches urge its leaders to place the needs of the poor at the top of the agenda. Our partner churches in the developing world continue to highlight the urgent need to address issues of social justice, poverty and good governance. We call on the G8 leaders to make further progress to increase aid and remove crippling debt, and to take concrete steps to reform unjust trade and economic structures. Only in this way will the promises contained in the Millennium Development Goals to halve poverty be met.

"The AIDS epidemic has a dreadful impact on the lives of so many. We urge leaders to make concrete aid commitments in order that anti-retroviral treatment can be made available to all.

"Climate change is a major priority for many in our churches. It is now widely accepted that we must agree stringent limits on the global output of carbon dioxide. We call on all G8 Governments to agree binding and deep emission reduction targets. As developed nations who have long enjoyed the benefit of readily available fossil fuels we have a responsibility to take a lead."

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