World leaders resurrected hopes for a long-term UN deal in the battle against climate change but experts claim their targets for cutting emissions lack bite. They agreed to seek substantial but undefined cuts in emissions to slow global warming after the US blocked European hopes for a 50 percent reduction on 1990 levels by 2050.
Concerning Africa leaders came under pressure from campaigners to honor aid pledges made at the G8 summit in Gleneagles in 2005. There an aid increase of 38 billion euros was promised – 19 billion for Africa. Oxfam says the G8 risks missing the pledge by 22 billion euros.
Rock star Bono long involved in helping the world’s poorest continent said “ This is about if it’s okay to break a promise.”
ActionAids country director for South Africa Collins Magalasi summed up the frustration. He said: “Despite last-minute face saving measures, the G8 has failed its credibility test on Africa.”