On the commencement of the G8 Summit in Deauville, France on 26 May 2011, Muslim Aid urged the leaders of the world’s richest economies not to neglect urgent global development issues such as food security, basic healthcare and education and the mitigation of devastating natural disasters and a peaceful settlement of conflicts.
A spokesperson of Muslim Aid said: “The Summit agenda is dominated by political and security issues which are important but we hope that the leaders of G8 countries will find time to discuss the problems of poverty and development that underpin the stability and recovery of the global economy, in particular the developing countries”.
Muslim Aid also welcomed the ongoing partnership between G8 and Africa. It called for continuing assistance to the poorest countries in Africa to enable them to fulfil the UN Millennium Development Goals by 2015. “The continued poverty in Africa requires appropriate technology transfer and resources in the sectors that have been most neglected, namely healthcare, education, shelter and transport and communications infrastructure.
Muslim Aid is one of the few international NGOs that are present in all parts of Somalia providing mother and child healthcare, education and food support with assistance from UN and other agencies. The G8 countries can do a lot to help the internally displaced persons in Africa by supporting NGOs working with local communities” the spokesperson added.
Note to Editors:
Muslim Aid is a relief and development agency set up in the United Kingdom in 1985 to provide humanitarian assistance to disaster affected countries and to help poor and vulnerable communities overcome poverty. Over the last 25 years, Muslim Aid has expanded its work to cover over 70 countries worldwide. Muslim Aid works with all communities irrespective of faith, ethnic origin or political system. Muslim Aid programmes include emergency relief; capacity building through water, sanitation and health programmes; education and skills training; micro-financing and income generation and orphan care.
As well as giving practical assistance, Muslim Aid tackles poverty by developing sustainable solutions, advocating for a more just and sustainable future.