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June 29, 2005
Why this Issue is Important: From July 6 to July 8, Heads of State of the seven major industrialized countries plus Russia (the G8) will hold a Summit in Gleneagles, Scotland to discuss pressing economic and political issues that include: global poverty, international trade, climate change, and the arms trade. The 2005 G8 summit will place special emphasis on Africa and its challenges to lift people out of crushing poverty. The summit will act on a recent G8 proposal of new multilateral debt cancellation for poor countries. While we commend this agreement, much more must be done to support development and peace. The G8 Summit is a critical opportunity for leaders to establish concrete initiatives in several key areas.
USCCB/CRS Position: As part of our role to preach the Gospel in our modern world, USCCB and CRS work to promote public policies that foster justice within and between nations. Based on our respect for human life and dignity, we believe the United States should take the occasion of the G8 Summit to advance the universal common good by adopting concrete measures on global poverty, international trade, climate change, and the arms trade. USCCB and CRS are deeply engaged with the Catholic Church and people of Africa and welcome the Summit’s special focus on Africa. Standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the poorest parts of the world, we call upon leaders at the G8 Summit to collaborate in promoting poverty reduction, just trade, environmental stewardship, and international peace.
USCCB and CRS urge President Bush to help the G8 to take bold action on the following priorities:
Take Action Now!
Please contact President Bush this week. Urge him to support important initiatives at the upcoming G8 Summit to reduce global poverty (especially in Africa), promote fair trade, address climate change (especially its impact on the poor), and adopt an international arms trade control agreement.
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