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PREFACE:

Civil Society and the G8 Process:
Why We Advocate

The G8 Summit is yet another example of a world increasingly divided between have and have nots, of a world where those with hard power attempts to decide the fate of the rest of the world without the full participation of those who will be most affected by their decision and/or indecisions.

Yet, Civil Society has proven over and over that the world does not have been divided between have and have nots and the world does not have to be run in the directions of those with money or military might. Whenever and wherever gatherings or events take place where those that are most affected by the decisions and policies made at these places are unheard, civil society has always stood at the forefront of pressing for participation and pressing for the policies and issues that benefit the most vulnerable and the most voiceless of the world.

Civil Society involved in the G8 process has shattered the boundries of country borders, religion, race, language etc. to come in solidarity to demand a more just world in which food security, economic development, access to healthcare are ensured for all. Civil society involved in the G8 understands that despite wanting to bring an end to the G8, they cannot stop them from meeting. However, what civil society can do is to ensure that their voices and the voices of those who they represent are heard. They have done so by going beyond the battle between G8 vs. everyone, and pushing for participation in the G8 process and holding the G8 countries accountable to their commitments.

Throughout this G8 process, civil society went beyond just criticisms of the G8 by providing alternatives and resources to issues that will best serve the people those most affected by their indecisions and/or indecisions.

A commitment is made under the presumption that it will able kept, but when it comes to the G8 leaders making its commitments, it has proven over and over that commitments are merely just words. The G8 has failed to keep what is presumptively supposed to be kept. Thus as civil society, we have worked and will continue to work to ensure that the commitments that are supposed to be kept, as the word commitment suggest, are kept.

Civil society advocacy from both the developed and the developing country towards the G8 is necessary in order to create a more just world.
A New Year's Card sent to Prime Minister Fukuda in January 2008
A New Year's Card sent to Prime Minister Fukuda in January 2008


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