G8 Okinawa Communiqué

Sectors : Quality of aid, Debt relief, Peace-building and peacekeeping, ICT, International trade: market access, subsidies and aid for trade, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB, Primary and basic education
Date made: 
2000

Commitments

Commitments in: Financing for Development - Quality of aid

“20. ...We commit ourselves to strengthening the effectiveness of our ODA in support of countries’ own efforts to tackle poverty, including through national strategies for poverty reduction. We will take a long-term approach favouring those countries where governments have demonstrated a commitment to improve the well-being of their people through accountable and transparent management of resources devoted to development. To achieve increased effectiveness of ODA, we resolve to untie our aid to the Least Developed Countries on the basis of progress made in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to date and a fair burden-sharing mechanism that we will agree with our OECD partners. We believe that this agreement should come into effect on 1 January 2002. In the meantime, we urge those countries which maintain low levels of untying of ODA to improve their performance...”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Financing for Development - Debt relief

“24...We are concerned by the fact that a number of HIPCs are currently affected by military conflicts which prevent poverty reduction and delay debt relief. We call upon these countries to end their involvement in conflicts and to embark quickly upon the HIPC process. We agree to strengthen our efforts to help them prepare and come forward for debt relief, by asking our Ministers to make early contact with the countries in conflict to encourage them to create the right conditions to participate in the HIPC Initiative. We will work together to ensure that as many countries as possible reach their Decision Points, in line with the targets set in Cologne, giving due consideration to the progress of economic reforms and the need to ensure that the benefits of debt relief are targeted to assist the poor and most vulnerable. We will work expeditiously together with HIPCs and the IFIs to realise the expectation that 20 countries will reach the Decision Point within the framework of the Enhanced HIPC Initiative by tthe end of this year. In this regard, we welcome the establishment of the Joint Implementation Committee by the World Bank and the IMF. We for our part will promote more responsible lending and borrowing practices to ensure that HIPCs will not again be burdened by unsupportable debt.”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Peace and security - Peace-building and peacekeeping

“73. ...We underline the importance of the work done by our Foreign Ministers on conflict prevention since their special meeting in December 1999 in Berlin and the Conclusions of their July 2000 meeting in Miyazaki. We commit ourselves to work for their implementation particularly with respect to economic development and conflict prevention, children in conflict, and international civilian police...”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Infrastructure - ICT

“11. We clearly recognise that the process of globalisation and the fast pace at which IT is advancing have engendered various concerns. We need to address such concerns so that we can contribute to greater peace of mind for all. Acting in concert, we will maximise the benefits of IT and ensure that they are spread to those at present with limited access. In this regard, we welcome contributions from the private sector, such as those of the Global Digital Divide Initiative of the World Economic Forum and Global Business Dialogue on Electronic Commerce (GBDe).

12. In support of these goals, we commit ourselves to pursuing the aims and ambitions set out in the Okinawa Charter on the Global Information Society. We will set up a Digital Opportunities Task Force (dot force), which will be asked to report to our next meeting its findings and recommendations on global action to bridge the international information and knowledge divide.”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Trade - International trade: market access, subsidies and aid for trade

“17. ...We commit ourselves to put a higher priority on trade-related capacity-building activities...

...35. ...In particular, in view of critical importance of trade for the development of developing countries, trade-related capacity building should be substantially expanded, which would be conducive to the more effective participation of developing countries in the system, and especially to fuller utilisation of improved market access in their favour…We commit ourselves to playing a leading role by strengthening our support to developing country members for capacity building in line with their individual needs.”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Health - HIV/AIDS

“29. We therefore commit ourselves to working in strengthened partnership with governments, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other international organisations, industry (notably pharmaceutical companies), academic institutions, NGOs and other relevant actors in civil society to deliver three critical UN targets:
- Reduce the number of HIV/AIDS-infected young people by 25% by 2010 (UN Secretary- General Report to the General Assembly on 27/3/2000);

- Reduce TB deaths and prevalence of the disease by 50% by 2010 (WHO Stop TB Initiative);

- Reduce the burden of disease associated with malaria by 50% by 2010 (WHO Roll Back Malaria).”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Education - Primary and basic education

“34. ...We therefore commit ourselves to strengthen efforts bilaterally and together with international organisations and private sector donors to achieve the goals of universal primary education by 2015 and gender equality in schooling by 2005...”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Other

“47. We renew our commitment to combat corruption. We stress the need for transparency in government in this regard, and call for the ratification and effective implementation of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention by all signatory parties...”

Scope: 
International