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political leadership and increased financial support from the United States and the rest of the Group of 8 (G8)4 countries, which must be held accountable to keep their promises, whether for foreign aid or trade, to ameliorate the human condition. Betrayal of these promises, he stated, “compels much of the world to live in a constant environment of violence.” Attention must be given to addressing the relationships between poverty, violence, and disease—as much, in his opinion, as the amount of attention and resources that go to supporting wars in the Middle East. The second item is support of the recommendation for a full, international agency as part of the United Nations, with an Under-Secretary-General and reasonable fiscal resources, that would give women activists the capacity to have an impact and would diminish the violence against women.

The third item calls for organizational leadership, particularly from the United Nation’s Children’s Fund, to use its power on the ground and in relationships with governments to engage in the work that will prevent the violence inherent in situations in which so many children live and are found. The final item highlights the need for engaged advocacy, on all fronts, to make these issues come alive in a real and consistent way for the public, elected officials, and the media—thereby transforming them into an international movement.


The Group of Eight (G8) is an international forum for the governments of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Together, these countries represent about 65 percent of the world economy and the majority of global military power (7 of the top 8 positions for military expenditure, and almost all of the world’s active nuclear weapons). The group’s activities include year-round conferences and policy research, culminating with an annual summit meeting attended by the heads of government of the member states. The European Commission is also represented at the meetings. Source:

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