June 26, 2010
|US President Barack Obama gestures alongside French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Deerhurst Resort at Muskoka, in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada, 25 Jun 2010|
TORONTO,CANADA (RPRN) 06/26/10 — Leaders of the G8 and other groups Friday pledged billions of dollars over the next five years to help cut the number of women who die in childbirth around the world. Critics say governments have not fully delivered the money promised on this issue at previous international gatherings.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said too many women and children die of poor health in developing nations, and he has convinced countries and foundations to devote significant amounts of money to reduce the toll. "Together we are committed to moving the world toward the day when women in developing countries will not die or suffer disabilities from pregnancy or childbirth," he said.
G8 members have committed $5 billion over the next five years, other nations (including Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, and Switzerland and foundations (the Gates Foundation and the United Nations Foundation) offered another $2.3 billion.
Earlier, Mr. Harper urged his colleagues to make - and fulfill - aid commitments. "Accountability is the key, we must follow through on our initiatives. If the countries that have the most
|Some 2,000 protesters demonstrated in Toronto in the biggest rally yet against the G20 summit, facing off against police in riot gear just blocks from the U.S. Consulate.|
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