Ahead of the official opening of the G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy yesterday, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and other members of the civil society organisations (CSOs) around the world have demanded more action from the heads of the globe’s seven powerful economies to act and end poverty.
NGO experts have since planned to submit their concerns and share how inaction from the G7 Summit will affect millions of people across the globe, including Malawi.
Among other concerns, the CSOs have cited inequality, which deepens poverty, as an area of concern that needs urgent action. In an interview, inequality expert from Oxfam Malawi, Lusungu Dzinkambani , bemoaned lack of tangible headway from such summits despite their socio-economic significance.
“Whenever global leaders meet, they have on their menus various critical issues affecting the world from climate, security, hunger to health and human rights.
“But agreement appears to be in short supply with little of substance expected from them. We want this changed for the betterment of the human race,” she said.
Terrorism, nutrition and gender issues are the other issues NGOs will be calling for more action from world powerful leaders of the G7.
The NGOs have since drafted a petition titled ‘G7, open your eyes now’; claiming that ills facing the society today would only get worse should the leaders hesitate to act upon them now.
The build-up to the summit has been hit by security fears amid a terrorist attack in Manchester, England on Monday which claimed 22 lives.
Italy, the host nation remains on high alert with extensive security checks being the order of the day