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What is your message for the G8?
Actor Billy Boyd joins school children carrying giant letters spelling the word POVERTY on Calton Hill, Edinburgh ahead of the G8 summit (PA)
What do you want to tell the G8 leaders?

The leaders from the Group of Eight nations - representing the world's leading economies plus Russia - will meet at Gleneagles, near Edinburgh, on Wednesday.

President George W Bush ruled out the possibility of US backing for any Kyoto-style deal on climate change at the summit, during an interview on Monday with British broadcaster ITV.

Do you have a message for the G8 leaders? What concerns you the most? Is it poverty, climate change or maybe something else? What would you like to see on the agenda?

If you can, please send us your video message or a picture of yourself with your message to: yourpics@bbc.co.uk

This debate is now closed. Thank you for your comments.


The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received so far:

G8 AFRICAN PANEL
South African woman protesting

Why not hold these meetings on remote islands to prevent the sort of security costs and disruption caused.
John, Kent, UK

I hope that the leaders from the Group of Eight nations are aware that they have to do something for climate change. They have to realize that they are somewhat responsible for what is happening in poor countries. Furthermore, it is not normal that the richest man in the world is as rich as several poor countries.
Hervé, Aurillac, France

G8 leaders need to end the master-servant relationship that they have often employed to exploit Africa and strip us bare of our own resources to their interest. We in Africa deserve a better relationship that serves a win-win interest. African resources are not depleting but centuries of exploitation have rather left the population poorer and our exploiters richer. Africa deserves better.
Adjoe Martin, Accra, Ghana

I think that the Queen should host a dinner with a menu of "African Surprise", which should consist of boiled maize (limited quantity) and a glass of water labelled "this water may contain parasites". Of course this should be served on the best china etc. I would also send all room service staff home and perhaps cut off water for the night (no flush sanitation)! Don't think this will happen, but it would get the point across about African poverty. Have some ideas on global warming too.
Colin Leach, Houston, USA

The whole of Africa, especially West Africa has a vast quantity of natural (ie coal, gold, limestone, other precious metals)and human resources in comparison even to the west or countries like China that only has coal as its main natural resource. The main problem apart from corruption in Africa is that our leaders have been brain-washed by the west to be made to feel inferior hence even though we have the raw human resources we sell it on so cheap to the west only for the refined and repackaged products to be resold back to Africa at extortionate prices. The only countries blessed with more natural wealth than Africa are America and parts of Arabian countries. If the G8 summit will allow for fairer trade Africa will not be in the predicament it has found itself being the victim.
Edise Ayigbe, London

On the climate change issue and 150 aircraft arriving at and departing from Glasgow Prestwick, our rulers have to pollute in order to talk about not polluting. Just like they have to fight wars in order to talk about peace. Or erode civil liberties in order to talk about freedom.
Ben, London

Real democracy is what is needed in Africa before anything else
Abdi Aziz, Somalia, Mogadisho
If the G8 leaders are serious about their plan of making poverty history, I suggest this, real democracy is what is needed in Africa before anything else. So the benefits of the rich countries' aid will not be confined to the franchised people as things in Africa now, but will be common for all.
Abdi Aziz, Somalia, Mogadisho

What do you want to tell the G8 leaders? A unity of purpose is required. Do we embrace our own principles of freedom and democracy and do the right thing for the people of Africa. Come on free world, bite the bullet.
P Schofield, Manchester, United Kingdom

Be men, not mice. Make tough decisions which may upset your electors at home but which will start to protect our planet and those who live on it. You will be gone in 20 years but the consequence of your decisions will live for much longer. Let the world remember you as those who started the change for the better. But I'm not holding my breath!
Tony Fisher, York, UK

Just please look inside yourselves, recognise how much power you have and how you could change the world for the better. Think about people, and the world, not national and political interests. Millions of lives now and in the future depend upon you, don't let them down again.
Andrew, Edinburgh, Scotland

The G8 should demand accountability and transparency from Africa and other under-developed countries, monitor whatsoever money or benefits are derived from this debt forgiveness. May God Bless Tony Blair and his team.
Clement Edokpolor, Aba, Nigeria

I am praying for each member (who have the ability to tap into some of the most creative and intelligent minds of the world today) to come up with a workable solution that would let the world know that we all treat our neighbours in the same manner in which we would want to be treated. I pray for you all.
Regina Hibbs, Ridgecrest, CA, USA

I personally feel the focus should be on climate change. Surely, the "great intellect" of the G8 leaders could conceive a way to pressure GW to support this crucial subject. Clearly, the current diplomacy or should one say, subservience to the mighty US is not a viable method.
Valerie, Vancouver, Canada

I think first of all, we should eliminate all tariffs on imports and exports to and from African countries, eliminate foreign debt to every country and not put any conditions, and take clear action to depose any military or dictatorship and encouraging free elections. Next phase will be make investments in those countries where local labour is hired. I also think creating a united African market should be created, similar to that in Europe with free trade and movement of labour and work force throughout the African continent.
Frederick Evans, Woodridge

I have a message to the G8 leaders. Do not waste taxpayers' money on the African countries with despotic rulers and countries where rule of law is non existent (examples: Sudan, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Congo etc.)
Vin, California, USA

Please, don't treat the Third world countries and their people as if they were slaves and animals. Poor people are also humans. Do not exploit them.
Ali Changezi, Quetta, Pakistan

I suggest setting a minimum wage for employees of multinational corporations
Daniel Narvaes, Stillwater

I suggest setting a minimum wage for employees of multinational corporations. Any company with employees in more than one country would have to pay a certain minimum amount, which could be different depending on where the employees live, but it should be enforced by an international organization and not subject to overruling by national governments.

Also, I will be working to end the treatment of corporations as persons under the law, and I invite the world leaders to join me in this endeavour. Corporations are inherently unequal, and should not have equal protection to persons under the law.
Daniel Narvaes, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA

As one old woman personally involved with the problems of African refugees, I am embarrassed at the response of my government to Africa and to Kyoto. The world deserves a better response from us.
Mollie Crockett, Barling, AR, USA

You may not care for what happens in 50+ years as you won't be alive, but my children and grandchildren will and all I want is the best for them. Not just the right to go to uni and make something of themselves but to have clean air to breath and go out and play in the park without jeopardising their health!!! Clean our world up before it's too late!
Julie Burns, East Kilbride, Scotland

The answers to the Africa problem must surely start at simple levels. The most simple I can think of is water. Every day I see millions of gallons flow past my door into the sea. If we could build a pipeline to carry oil and a tunnel under the Channel surely we could collect this water and pipe it to Africa?
Iain Robertson, Scotland

First and foremost, the G8 leaders must take into account real democracy and good governance in Africa as a pre-condition for any positive action that they might take in Africa including poverty eradication and aid.
Awoke, Silver Spring. USA

A real change is needed, real leaders are needed. We can't leave an overheated impoverished world to our children. Just do it!
Eluned Harries, Oxford, England

It is now our chance to make poverty history
Laura, Sheffield
My biggest concern is poverty. I am 15 and strongly believe that we are the new generation and it is now our chance to make poverty history. If we cannot - then who can? It's time now to step into the shoes of the 30million African children who die every year from hunger and disease, it's time now to make a difference, before it IS too late.
Laura, Sheffield

After all the talk, speculation and activity building up to the G8 Summit all eight men should sit in a room on their own. No advisors or delegations. Then listen to the stories of Africans. Listen to the hopes they have for a future where they can lift themselves out of poverty. Listen to the solutions they have for solving the problem of poverty. Then give them the tools they need. An economy free from debt repayments on debts they have repaid many times over. An economy where they can decide the policies that will work for them and their poorest communities. An economy that can use aid to help the most vulnerable.
Paul Langley, Witney, UK

From BBCArabic.com The G8 countries are responsible for the widespread poverty because of their support for capitalist economic policies which have had a catastrophic impact on the Third world.
Hamza, Lebanon

From BBCArabic.com The rich are the powerful and from this starting point, we, in Arab countries, do not want money from you, the G8. What we demand of you, however, is that you take away our dictators and help us to implement democracy so that we can elect and dismiss our rulers just as you are able to.
Rabieh Shami, Syria

From BBCArabic.com Most of the problems that face the poor are the result of selfish governments and employers in the developed world. They take the resources of the poor countries and encourage the puppet regimes in these countries to rob them. The developed countries also perpetuate wars to create markets for their arms, not to mention the occupation of weak countries under false pretences.
Tawfiq, London

From BBCArabic.com Poverty, ignorance, disappointment, unemployment, oppression in all of its forms: all these are ticking time bombs, not just in the Middle East but in the whole world. The civilised world wants to fight terrorism. The real enemy is not human brings but the economic circumstances and the social conditions that face so many.
Adhem Al Saqaf, Saudi Arabia

You can be a part of the brutality of this world or the hope and joy of the human race. Please do what is right as a human being.
Tracy, Australia

All this talk about corruption amongst African leaders, yet the primary cause for this corruption is due to western corporations. They bribe and take advantage of an unwashed, unlearnt society. Whether it be for natural resources or cheap labour, western corporations continue to exploit the Third world. Put an end to this immoral way.
Nadim J, Essex, UK

Good luck to them. Make Africa richer - just so long as they don't make us poorer in the process. Will this making Africa richer mean that our factories get shipped out there and we are all put out of work?
KT Bell, Bradford, West Yorkshire

Find your consciousness collectively and agree to 77 cents per $100 of GDP tax income for the good of the world.
Mark Sandelson, London, UK

Make G8 history!
Adam, Spain

Make greed history. Because greed drives poverty.
Josephine Bennington, UK

Make Free Trade mean free trade. We will all benefit including the poor of this world.
Donal, Dublin, Ireland

I find a lot of these messages disturbing because they appear to assume that we in the West know far better than the African people how to run Africa
Ellie, Edinburgh

I find a lot of these messages disturbing because they appear to assume that we in the West know far better than the African people how to run Africa. What Africa needs (and wants, judging by the messages from Africans here) is for genuinely free trade, debt cancellation and for the western governments and corporations to stop selling guns to and otherwise bankrolling psychotic dictators.

Once this happens you just watch Africa pull herself up by her bootstraps and deal with said dictators herself! What she does not need however, is constant western political interference - every time we try playing that game with other people's continents we make matters worse. If you don't believe me, just look at South and Latin America - between them the two Cold War superpowers almost ruined the continent in the 70s and 80s and put it at the mercy of a variety of self-appointed tyrannical thugs.

And yet now we've left it alone for a couple of decades look what's happened. They've got democracy and strongly developing economies in just about every ex-dictatorial country! Africa could (and should) be the same - we just need to change a few rules, that's all - would that really be so hard?
Ellie, Edinburgh, UK

Aid not arms, fair trade not free trade and conservation not carbon dioxide. Perhaps future generations will not be as obsessed with economic growth in a polluted world where people will increasingly fight over dwindling resources. Now is the time to prevent the likelihood of this occurring. Action not speeches please.
Stephen Daly, London

I am appealing to the G8 leaders to help alleviate the debt of the African countries that lack support. Country like mama Liberia.
Wellington V Sombai, Logan Town, Monrovia

Thank you for concern for Africa. Get to the roots of poverty in Africa. Consider issues such as generation and distribution of power in Africa, increasing non oil exports from Africa to your countries, help to improve standards of education in Africa, help African countries to produce enough food for her masses and help with the Aids pandemic in Africa. Thank you.
Madukauwa David, Lagos, Nigeria

Sort out the corruption of the multi-national companies that bankroll the African dictators. Aid and fair trade is not enough.
Fiona Sinclair, Ayr, Scotland

Ignore the hysterical demands of our self-appointed eco-doom-mongers
Bill, Perthshire

Make every effort to improve the lives of African people. And ignore the hysterical demands of our self-appointed eco-doom-mongers. There is no scientific consensus on the mechanism or effects of climate change, and still less agreement on whether we can do anything to alter this phenomenon. The Kyoto protocol will cost more than one trillion dollars to implement - this could be used more wisely to reduce poverty in Africa.
Bill, Perthshire, Scotland

Stop climate change. For the last 10 years we have had the hottest, wettest, driest weather and it needs to stop and yet America (who is also experiencing extreme weather more frequently) refuses to do anything about it. When is the world going to wake up and start using bio fuels such as rape seed oil which only puts the same amount of CO2 back into the atmosphere that the plant absorb whilst it was growing?

Oil has its uses but there are cleaner, less polluting alternatives to it as a fuel. It's time we changed and stopped killing our world. After all where else have we got to go to when this one dies.
Andy K, UK

Why does our government always sidestep the questions on how it's going to solve issue of corrupt African governments that will be rubbing their hands together at the prospect of free handouts, debt relief is not going to help the poor people of these countries. It's going to help these warring governments buy better arms and more food for the troops while the poor and destitute struggle on.
Gary, Halifax

This time we would like to see tangible evidence of money going to the poor
Kitanga, London

G8 is great to give a lot of awareness about poverty in Africa and Asia. But I have lived in Africa and I have never benefited from the aid. The only roads that got repaired were the ones that lead to ministers and presidents doors. As we have seen, aid to Tsunami has been paid as taxes for vehicles to be used in the clear up. This is one way the ministers line their pockets. This time we would like to see tangible evidence of money going to the poor. How is Bob Geldof going to make sure this happens?
Kitanga, London

Feed the world. Don't they know that now (not Xmas) is the time.
Shereen Barnaby, Hunstanton, Norfolk

It's high time Africans took hold of their own affairs instead of blaming their plight on everyone else, especially the old colonial powers. Some 20 - 30 years ago many Asian countries were as poor, corrupt and war torn as Africa is today. But the Asian people and their leaders realised that the world does not owe them a living. So they set about working hard, often for low wages. In time they improved their infrastructure, investment and raised their standard of living. Africans need to learn the lessons of Asia and work equally hard. If they continue to rely on the rich countries for regular handouts, they will always be stuck in poverty.
Vijay Banerjee, London, UK

My greatest concern is abject poverty for some human beings. Most Kenyans earn and live on 365 dollars a year while others simply swim in 20,000 dollars. Idleness, hopelessness and inhuman economic situations that our people live in require urgent action: cancellation of debts and aid for life-sustaining development projects namely water, reforestation and roads and communication. We do not need money for conferences and consultations from the rich countries. Kenyans are skilled and would solicit capacities on competitive basis. Corruption is perpetrated by both the givers and the receivers. So it should be tackled by both parties.
Kathure Mwenda, Nairobi, Kenya

Is it not time someone in the developed world started listening to Africa?
Michael Faul, England
Bob Geldof is organising a massive pop-music event to focus attention on Africa. The G8 will debate Africa. The BBC is "talking to Africa". Is it not time someone in the developed world started listening to Africa? No-one is doing so yet.
Michael Faul, York, England

Giving money is OK, but would it be better to ship necessary equipment/machinery etc and expertise to the poverty stricken countries. This would avoid the corrupt leaders of some of the countries making themselves very rich out of the donated money whilst kick-starting the very poor which would preserve their dignity and help them to help themselves.
Tony, Waltham Abbey Essex

Ignore the anti-globalisation protestors and remove all trade barriers and subsidies for a truly fair global economy.
Jonny, Manchester

I would not like to see Nigeria Debt cancelled until Nigeria has a real government. Debt relief means more money for the corrupt government to pocket. Nigeria is in total decay with social amenities in ruins. Greed is the status quo. Please G8 do not cancel our debt. Please come and see how our leaders are living, the you will see what I mean.
Malik Mall, Lagos, Nigeria

I would like the G8, to take a real constructive look at the problems in Africa. It seems to me that just sending free hand outs to governments on the continent when things get out of hand is not enough. I believe that the ex-colonial powers should act as mentors to countries they once ruled, by giving guidance and close trading cooperation they would benefit from their first world teachers. Clearly what is presently going on in Zimbabwe is a situation where a government was put in place back in 1980 without the knowledge of understanding how to run a country.
Martyn Haggett, Johannesburg, South Africa

We will start to live in a sane and rational world on the condition that the West allows fair trade, does away with its agricultural subsidy in addition to debt relief. More important, the G8 must recognize and deliberate on African rulers who appear democrats in rhetoric but populist authoritarian ideologues of a bygone era.

Unless the G8 actively engages itself and promotes 'good governance' by compelling Africa's corrupt and undemocratic rulers to respect the sovereignty of the people, debt relief and fair trade are all cures prescribed on the basis of symptoms. Cures to the problem of governance have preponderance over all other problems faced by Africans.
Giro, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Thank you Tony Blair for making this issue a priority
Cade Holleman, USA
As a future Peace Corps volunteer I'm proud to see that the Bush/Blair alliance has finally yielded something so fruitful for the rest of the world. Thank you Tony Blair for making this issue a priority and garnering so much attention for the neediest part of our globe!
Cade Holleman, St Louis, Missouri, USA

The only way to fight poverty is to make the world market fair then there will be development in Africa. and not to give aid to countries that are not fighting corruption truly. The aid giving must be checked by the donor countries.
Joseph Mulenga, Zambia

If you want to help Africa, eliminate the CAP. For every euro of debt Europe forgives, its unfair trade practices take 10.
Sam, San Diego, CA

We Africans do not need financial support from G8 rather good governance. We are full of natural resources; the only problem is that we are still a slave of our own leaders.
Kefyalew Fente (Ethiopian), Calgary, Canada

Don't cancel the debt - stop selling weapons to Africa!
Ian, Airdrie, UK

Every time I sit down to news on TV, the first thing I hear about Africa is poverty, why? The thing is never poor and the world should know that Africa is rich in minerals and other resources. What Africa desperately needs now is an end to war and how to harness these resources.
Michael Duku, Perth, Western Australia

Why use only debt cancellation, fair trade and aid to alleviate poverty from Africa?
Feker, Nairobi
Why use only debt cancellation, fair trade and aid to alleviate poverty from Africa? Why do we expect all of it to come from rich countries' governments? Tourism and investment from the people of rich nations would be another way to alleviate poverty. Surely, Africa is the most beautiful place on Earth, with endless resources. So if the people themselves from the G8 countries come to Africa, we can get billions of dollars, and if they invest, that also may bring trillions of dollars.
Feker, Nairobi

US aid should only be given in kind and not in cash. If earlier debt is forgiven then no new loans should be approved until it can be demonstrated that these companies will not default on future obligations.
Roger James, Florida, USA

Why do we never see as much commitment and effort put into dealing with the social problems in our own country? Charity begins at home. Our politicians were elected and have a mandate to deal with the issues in the UK it's about time they did.
Allan Jamieson, Glasgow, Scotland

It won't make any difference. We will be doing it again in 10 years time. All we are doing is feeding the greedy rulers of the Third World. It will do nothing for the poverty that the African leaders force on the people.
Dee, West London

If we fight poverty in the way we fought terrorism poverty will be eliminated forever.
Nyikole James, Kajo-Keji, Sudan

Debt forgiveness without greater access to the Western markets is really pointless
Gerald Mwaanga, USA
Debt forgiveness without greater access to the Western markets is really pointless. Half this money never reached Africa to begin with. It was gobbled up by technical experts with plush offices in London, Washington, Geneva, and Paris.
Gerald Mwaanga, Chicago, USA

Poverty is immoral. Dictatorship is inhuman. When both evils exist concurrently we will have governments like that of Ethiopia. We need to fight the latter aggressively to win over the former.
Yohannes Sh, Nashville, TN

The best the G8 countries can do is to lift billions of dollars of agricultural subsidy and allow the poor African farmers to sell their products in the international market where they have comparative advantage. Additionally, prohibit corrupt leaders of Africa from borrowing money to buy guns. Lenders to these inept governments shouldn't by any means claim it back as there is no consent by the people. Set limits on who can borrow and for what purpose. Governance should be the yardstick.
Abera, Chancho, Ethiopia

The poverty in Third world countries has been brought about by us, the rich western people, by exploiting their economies, by taking their resources, and now we are dependent on the Third world. The moment the Third world stops us taking their resources, our economies collapse. And by taking the route of a full ecological re-conversion, we can save ourselves of that scenario and give our economies a boost and allow the Third world a nicer life.
Bob Gabriels, Antwerp, Belgium

Our own citizens, organisations and corporations can't forgive the government a cent
Mangaliso Jere, Lilongwe

I don't feel that African countries need debt relief. If they needed it they could have at least campaigned to their internal debtors. It really makes me laugh that Blair and co want to forgive our countries of their debts when our own citizens, organisations and corporations can't forgive the government a cent. I don't think this is even an issue worth talking about.
Mangaliso Jere, Lilongwe, Malawi

Unlike the socialist fantasy-world, real world aid must be tied to results. Trade, aid and debt reduction to poor nations must start now if we are to work for a just world, but with that aid must come responsibility for these nations to produce results. Furthermore, a blank cheque to these countries doesn't fly. If American/G8 money flows in their direction, then Americans and the G8 must have rights to continuously monitor the process. No money to corrupt dictators!
Mike, Seattle, Washington, USA

I ask the G8 leaders to have the sympathy for the abducted Japanese by North Korea.
Hideo Machida, Japan

Let freedom follow wealth as it has in the West
Tom, London
Don't let the socialists who lost the argument in Europe impose socialist policies of aid dependency, tariffs and state intervention on the long suffering people of Africa in an attempt to prolong the African dictatorships. Scrap the CAP and the multi-farm agreement and let African nations trade their way to prosperity and let freedom follow wealth as it has in the West.
Tom, London

Developing countries don't need aid but trade.
Alex, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

We say keep your money and leave us alone. You are the main reason for our conflict and poverty. We know what you mean by good governance - an African leader who will kiss up to you.
Bubu, Accra, Ghana

Freeze all accounts of the corrupt African leaders now. Stop selling Africa arms. Stop giving bribes to Africans. Remove CAP and US farm subsidies
Mike, London UK

You really want to make a difference? Address the issues of tariffs and subsidies and make trade fair. Enable Africans to be proud of Africa.
Caroline, London

You know what we all want and must do to save our planet. Get your fingers out. Action not rhetoric. Simple.
Bob, London, UK

Have you made any resolutions to supervise these monies?
Eric Han, Australia
G8 leaders, you have made most great steps for make poverty history. But have you made any resolutions to supervise these monies? Have you thought of what if Africa cannot make successful results even through this second offer?
Eric Han, Sydney Australia

My question to the G8 leaders is "why should African countries pay back debt for which didn't prosper from? They know it is not a secret that those money where later deviated to the Western banks by corrupt leaders instead of the intended projects in Africa. If we must pay back then will Africans be fully compensated for slavery and the depletion of our natural resources.
Blessing Young, Liberian in the USA

I may sound like an old hippy but why can't we all just get along? The world would be a better place if we all just shared and loved each other a bit more !
Craig Jamieson, Stirling, Scotland

Why isn't China there?
Neil, Reading, Berks

They borrowed it they owe us simple
James St George, London
Make them pay every last penny back. They borrowed it they owe us simple. Not a penny of our tax should go to Africa. But with the BBC political campaigning for this debt relief nonsense, decent hard working people's taxes will be stolen and thrown away on Africa.
James St George, London, England

To James St George, London: Africa's current problems are rooted in the colonial and religious history. The European nations have ruthlessly exploited and looted the African nations and Christian missionaries have contributed no less to disturb the age old tribal set up there. No amount of charity by the West can repay the debt they owe to Africans.
NG Krishnan, Bangalore, India

Tie aid to good governance, free and fair elections, eradication of bribery and corruption in government and civil service. Right now Britain is poaching African doctors and nurses. That should stop or they should pay a fee to every African professional who the G8 employs knowing they did not pay a penny for his training. Can't we allow a fairer trade by allowing Ghana to export its manufactured chocolates to Europe instead of the raw cocoa beans? Please be fair that's all. We can trade our away out of poverty if Europe and America would remove the trade barriers.
Eric Kwasi Bottah, Ghanaian in USA

In Africa, concern about the environment is not in most people's radar. I believe if nothing is done about poverty, they will be nobody left in Africa to suffer the so-called effects of global warming!
Ono Orogun, London

Be bold and be big in your actions
Darryl Abrahams, London
The world waits in anticipation for the momentous G8 summit. Be bold and be big in your actions. This will restore much faith and credibility among ordinary people as to how they view rich-poor issues.
Darryl Abrahams, London, UK

I think we should look at the cost of bringing the G8 leaders together. Security, hotels, policing must run into millions. When they are considering a venue why not pick a small island, which could be easily managed for security purposes and save millions that could go to better causes.
John Dorans, Dalkeith, Edinburgh

The role of the Europeans in African continents should be defined. Tobacco pricing, advertising and manufacturing should be discussed. Is China abusing the WTO membership by over flooding the EU markets with cheap goods? How much progress has been made in gas or electric vehicles as an alternative to petrol? How to meet the spiralling global oil demand? If insurgency in Iraq could continue up to eight years, are we willing to fight for eight more years ? US economic sanctions on Iran means it could not buy civilian planes for transportation, can this be addressed as lives of ordinary civilian passengers are under threat due to incompatible ageing fleet.
Mohammed Khan, London, UK

The EU spends more subsidising agriculture than Africans earn a year. Save Africans by letting them trade equally.
Simon, London, UK

Leave the spreadsheets behind and focus on poverty and climate change. It is so easy to give when you have a lot but harder when you have very little. If you do not give now to the environment and the poor it will not be long before you will have nothing. May I remind you that it is a journey we all end let us end our era with a legacy to be proud of
Ahmad Hmoud, Jordan

We are not interested in debt relief. We do not owe Europe. Europe owes Africans worldwide. The only relief we want is to be left to chart our own destiny, do our own research, feed ourselves and look after ourselves when we own our resources.
Cheryl F Sanchez, London, UK

We have a golden opportunity to really help change the world for the better. Lets not squander it
Kath, Birmingham
Don't just focus on Africa. Whilst I will heartily agree that it needs the debt cancellation and removal of corruption etc. please remember that there are impoverished people in every single country. The old USSR countries, Tibet, the Pacific islands, Sri Lanka and other such countries all deserve help as much as Africa. We have a golden opportunity to really help change the world for the better. Lets not squander it.
Kath, Birmingham, UK

The issue of corruption should not be used as an excuse to stand by and do nothing. In the past, we were happy to give unconditional aid to corrupt leaders as long as they aligned themselves to us in the cold war. Now, when aid is given, it must be have strict conditions attached. The recipient country must provide proof that it will go to the people who need it the most, rather than being used to bankroll the luxurious lifestyles of despot leaders.
Bhav Lakhani, Manchester, England

Africa needs a period of 40 - 50 years of re-colonization. This time it should be done right and in such a manner that Africa is left in the same condition at the negotiated end of colonization as Europe is today. This time round the borders of the states of Africa should reflect the Geography and Ethnicity of Africa and not the shape of the coffee stains on a map in a drawing room a la Berlin conference. It is possible. But improbable given the amount of jingoistic "anti-colonialism" bandied about the capitals of Africa.
John Jones, London

It is high time for the G8 leaders to capitalise on fairer trade terms with the poverty stricken developing countries in order to save millions of lives. We can't make poverty a history if we are offering handouts instead of showing receivers of handouts how to fish.

I also appeal to the G8 leaders to push for the forgiveness of debts for all developing countries. Fresh aid will be a generosity or bonus offered by the developed countries with no strings attached to governments in developing countries who have shown good governance in all sectors of the economy.
Nyikole James, Kajo-Keji, Sudan

Make poverty history like the world made smallpox history
William Tangwan M, Edinburgh

It's time for the wind of change to blow across the continent. This is a last plea to transform Africa. Let aid in any form ensuring it is destined for the right purpose, the right people and at the right time. Let all corrupt governments and dictators be ousted and Africans take full responsibility of their well being. Make poverty history like the world made smallpox history.
William Tangwan M, Edinburgh, UK

Wake up people! There are still people who are in need of our help! Don't just sit there and talk about helping the poor when none of you guys are actually doing it!
Firdaus, Singapore

In a world of surplus, why are so many suffering because of another's greed?
Ross, UK

Education is vital - without it Africa is destined to bad health, bad government and a bad economy. And maybe the West needs more education too - we need a reality check about where our wealth comes from. It's also about time for real fair trade. I do my bit by trying my best to buy fair trade products, but it's about time you stopped exploiting Africa's resources in my name. I would rather go a little short than to keep watching other human beings die needlessly. It's only as complicated as you make it.
Claire, London, UK

Prove you are focussed...
Darren Ingram, Finland

Prove you are focussed... hold meetings in regular government buildings and via video link and save the obscene level of money being spent on luxuries and security (sic ) and use that towards genuine good, instead of good food.
Darren Ingram, Larsmo, Finland

Donate money to the poor African people not to the leaders to buy guns. If so, you are doing good, if not you are doing evil.
Tariku, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The mother of all problems is that Africans do not decide their own problems and solutions. What concerns me the most is not poverty, climate change or increase of oil prices... my biggest concern is lack of freedom. A political leader or singer from Europe can help Africans if they (Europeans) leave African alone.
Nasser Hussein, Mysore, India

Poverty concerns me most
Worku, Ethiopia

As a citizen of a poor country like Ethiopia, poverty concerns me most. I welcome the recent debt cancellation and ask for more sustainable development aid with stringent requirements on leaders of poor nations to prove their commitment for democratization and fight against corruption.

Many of them are hypocrites showing contempt to genuine demands for democratic rights by their citizens, but pretending as progressive and democrats in the faces of their finance providers (some of them even in Tony Blair's Africa Commission have recently demonstrated their real character). In conclusion, make sure that your help reaches the poor and is not plundered by corrupt leaders.
Worku, Addis, Ethiopia

Alleviation of poverty and measures to tackle corruption in Africa should be the first priority.
Faztudo Langisse, Maputo, Mozambique

It is worth noting that these debts that we speak about now was money spent on weapons and not development
Haile Wubneh, Addis Ababa

Prevent internal crises of over population mainly from illegal immigration to your own countries by reasonably sharing some of your resources and wealth. Such resources need to be directed towards economic development. The poor will almost always prefer to live in his/her home country with minimal support.

Cancelling debts being one, but it is worth noting that these debts that we speak about now was money spent on weapons and not development. Thank you and God bless G8.
Haile Wubneh, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Stop perpetuating our Africans by indulging our rulers' tyranny and misrule!
UE, UK/Nigeria

Why not balance the developing countries economies as a first step to the right direction for global peace.
Moore AE, Benin City, Nigeria

Debt cancellation and aid will do absolutely nothing until the behaviour of African leaders is addressed
Peta Lilford, USA
Whilst poverty in Africa is a tragedy that needs to be addressed, debt cancellation and aid will do absolutely nothing until the behaviour of African leaders is addressed and corruption comes to an end. Giving money to Africa to line the pockets of despots and dictators is a pointless exercise and taxpayers of the developed nations should revolt against such waste!
Peta Lilford, Raleigh, NC, USA

You have the lives of the world population in your hands and you represent the humanity. Be respectful, responsible, serious with everybody and for once, try to do something right, is this so difficult?
McVilla, Edinburgh, Scotland

Mbeki proposed Nepad but has failed at the first post with his support for Mugabe. G8 Leaders should accept the principles of Nepad and not give aid (or write off debts) to South Africa or any other country that continues to support Mugabe or any other corrupt regime. Democratic governments should be given appropriate aid and have their debts written off. Good governance is to be judged by G8 standards - they are funding this after all. In addition trade with developing countries should be encouraged by removing trade barriers and subsidies.
Gordon, Swanley, Kent

Droughts, floods, and desertification due to climate change could be devastating for the rain-fed agricultural regions of the continent. Coffee crops, fisheries, and nomadic cattle herding are already feeling the heat. So those G8 leader better come up with plan to save this world of ours.
Clive, Dartford, Kent

I am one of millions who wants to see the end of poverty and the end of needless deaths. This generation of leaders has the chance to do something, it is what the majority want. No excuses no wrangling do the right thing for all our sakes.
Siobhan, Birmingham

Put your own houses in order before tackling third world issues. Remedy the problems of the working poor and homeless in your own countries before trying to save the world.
Thomas, Columbus, OH, USA

As they plan for our continent, let them think of the rural people, the low-income earners, not the politicians. Just as a builder starts with one brick to construct a mansion.
P Stephen Mabonga, Entebbe, Uganda

End our reliance on fossil fuels
Andrew H, London

Increase spending on fusion reactor development, and end our reliance on fossil fuels. This is the most important issue facing the human race, and yet the least discussed or understood.
Andrew H, London, UK

The only message I have for the G8 leaders is that they have to stop backing opportunists, dictators, imposing puppet rulers on us, supplying ammunition to dictators and pseudo rebels and therefore fuel wars but to consider us as partners and people who deserve dignity. By so doing, we'll tackle poverty ourselves because we have the potential and we are capable.
Kapinga Ntumba, Harare, Zimbabwe

To quote Sting: The poor love their children too! Please spend my money to help. We have enough to get by here!
Timothy Miller, Toronto, Canada

Stop the money laundering to end poverty.
Delenesaw, New York, USA

Democracy in our countries will automatically mean prosperity for our people
Alex Nhando, Zimbabwean in UK

Please don't increase aid to Africa. We have more than enough resources and energy to feed ourselves to grow prosperous. What we do need is help in getting rid of our dictators. Democracy in our countries will automatically mean prosperity for our people.
Alex Nhando, Zimbabwean in UK

Enjoy travelling in luxury, drinking, dinning and doing absolutely nothing useful on behalf of the tax payer. Oh, I forgot to mention, ensure you smoke the most expensive cigars too!
Richard, London, UK

Don't talk, ACT!
Khady, Dakar, Senegal

Their emphasis should be on using their power to make a positive difference in the world. They should know better than us how that can be achieved - cancelling world debt is all very well but if it only benefits corrupt dictators it's not much good. One thing I want them to do is agree that in processing asylum claims that their priority should be justice and protection for those who need it, not keeping numbers down.
Rob, Dewsbury

What's the point of having power if you don't use it? Be brave, be bold - change something for the better!
Heather, Stockport, UK

Set a good example and hold the next meeting in a Premier Inn or Travelodge.
Hazel Broadbent, Bradford

Politicians are saying the likes of Bob Geldof are misguided, that this can only be done by politicians. Well, not withstanding that what Bob Geldof et al are doing is to raise public awareness for people to lobby politicians to do something, my message to the politicians is don't just talk about it, you have long known what needs to be done (addressing corruption, making trade fair etc), do it. In short don't just talk the talk, walk the walk.
DRL, Milton Keynes, UK

Please leaders of G8, remember that anything done selfishly never ends well. Please be united!
Love Ayomanor, Calabar, Nigeria

Wake up to your senses, help the world before it is too late and don't waste time on the table.
Piccolo, Italy

Go home
Alan Glenister, Bushey

Go home. Get your own country's poor and needy sorted out before interfering in other countries. Charity begins at home. Whatever people may think the G8 conference has hidden agendas when it comes to relieving poverty abroad.
Alan Glenister, Bushey, Herts

Keep the global economy strong, only then is there any conceivable chance to eradicate poverty, or to develop the technology needed to save the environment.
Chris, UK

No more procrastination
O Osula, Boston
My message to the G8 leaders is simple and clear. They should make poverty alleviation their priority. There are too many people living in abject poverty. Poverty alleviation will help to stem a lot of social vices and help to make the world a better place.

A lot of people lack the basic necessities of life and there is no hope in sight. What ever they can do to reduce this stigma now will help generations yet unborn. No more procrastination. It is time to grab the bull by the horns.
O Osula, Boston, USA

Basics first: Clean water and enough food for everyone.
Alex, Aylesbury, UK

Lift trade barriers, imposed by the West on agriculture etc, and give priority to underdeveloped countries. Only if they are given the opportunity to develop themselves will they improve their economic position
Richard Calhoun, Gerrards Cross

30,000 people dead every day is genocide. I'd take a cut in my quality of life in return for fair trade. In fact my quality of life is good simply because the West exploits the third world.
Mark, London

At this time, history beckons us humans to think deeply on those components that make us. We are called to realise how near the cries of our neighbour are to our ears. Poverty, disease, corruption, inequality etc. It is high time all hands are on deck or history will not forgive us for keeping silent at this great time of need.

To those gathering for this great conference, the cries of HIV/Aids patients should be the bedrock for their decisions. I implore them all to look into the hearts of man and make decisions that would salvage humanity in this great era of globalization where our actions are just too connected to be neglected.
Emeka Ekwosimba, Nigerian in Canada

Get the US on board with Kyoto and reduce emissions. All other problems are irrelevant compared to the threat posed by the ice caps melting - what are you going to save if vast areas are submerged under the sea?
Glenn, Droitwich

Why do you worship economic growth? Are you so scared of the world?
Leap, Wessex

Make the world a more fairer and healthier place.
Zak Kahn, Glasgow, Scotland

Africa's problems will not be solved overnight
John A, Watford

By all means listen to the concerns about poverty, but be careful of making sudden knee-jerk reactions. Africa's problems will not be solved overnight with simple debt write-off. There must be strings attached to avoid future debt, conditions of democracy and trade agreements designed to promote internal development and not a simple opening of borders for an economic free-for-all.
John A, Watford, Herts

I would like the G8 leaders to set-up a United Nations department dedicated to helping countries to weed out corruption in their civil service, police, military and judicial services. Followed later by debt reduction, where necessary, with true economic assistance.
GP Russell, Peterborough, England

The G8 members can't even agree on the causes of poverty and climate change. What hope do we therefore have of them being able to agree on a solution? Even then, any solution will be a watered-down compromise acceptable to all parties. What a complete waste of time! If we really want to help poverty and climate change we must each do our individual bit: buy fair trade goods, recycle, save energy, dump fuel guzzling cars and so on.
Chris Turner, Thatcham, Berkshire

I strongly believe that the G8 should finance African plans to development. But no cash flow to any African country. A G8 commission must assess, manage, approve and pay for any valuable project only at completion.
Francois, Hull, UK

Please read the prime directive.
Julie, Cardiff, Wales

Follow through on your promises! There are far too many examples (world debt, poverty and the environment being the most obvious) where promises made are then dumbed down into a form of acceptance that usually leaves a sour taste in most mouths - ours! Enough is enough - you work for us, are you listening?
Jackie, Surrey

Don't buy the argument that one nation's poverty is caused by another nation's wealth. It makes as much sense as blaming some ones illness on another person enjoying good health. Would the poor nations really be better off if the richer nations held back from creating wealth? How much help could Africans expect if American and Europeans were as poor as they are? By all means help the poorer nations but remember wealth has to be created before it can be distributed.
Al, London, UK

Do something great and righteous - you know what. Shine like the sun!
Ed, Aberdeen, Scotland

Ignore the calls to treat the symptoms in Africa, and tackle the root causes. The corruption in governments and the top level of their society. The overpopulation of unrestricted child birth, far outstrips the ability of the land to produce food. The fact that some of these countries are so used to receiving aid that they sit back and wait for it; instead of trying to change things themselves.
George, Canada/Wales

Do not be carried away by the hysteria over Africa. Do what you can without damaging the developed world. Otherwise we shall all be in poverty.
Colin, London

Why do you have a minimal presence of Latinos, Africans, South Asians, Native Americans and Inuits?
Roberto, Florida

Debts are like dirt; no matter how you wash tomorrow it will still be there. So I urge the G8 to just give Africa aid, not debts.
Patrick Naliya, Lilongwe, Malawi

Wake up and save us!
Anonymous, Zimbabwe

Free trade is fair trade, so remove all subsidies and tariffs.
Stewart Spink, Leeds




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