Brown to Press Bush over Poverty and Global Warming

British Chancellor hopes to use Britain's presidency of the G8 and EU to press Bush Administration on climate change and global poverty out of 'enlightened self-interest'.

Published: 14-Dec-2004

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Chancellor Gordon Brown will fly out to the US this week to press the Bush administration to act over climate change and global poverty, which he believes rich countries have an “enlightened self-interest” in tackling.

Mr Brown will hold talks with senior figures in Washington and New York on the need to address poverty, particularly in Africa.

The Government has pledged that it and climate change will be the key priorities of Britain’s presidencies of the G8 and EU next year.

Mr Brown will deliver speeches on development to the UN and Council for Foreign Relations in New York on Friday.

He will then move on to Washington for talks with US Treasury Secretary John Snow and representatives from the World Bank and IMF over the weekend.

Mr Brown will seek support for an International Finance Facility, which would double the cash available for debt relief to 100 billion.

He has said he is “optimistic” that the US will favour 100% debt relief for the world’s poorest nations.

Speaking ahead of the trip, Mr Brown said: “We are interested in working with the Americans to make our G8 presidency achieve results, both on international development and in climate change.

“I will also be talking to the IMF and the World Bank because I think what they say in the next 18 months about what needs to happen on a worldwide basis is going to be important as well.”

The Chancellor told ITV1’s Jonathan Dimbleby programme that Britain would be pushing for more money to combat HIV/Aids and malaria and to boost education in developing countries.

Last week Mr Brown said poor nations would increase world trade if developed countries helped them out of poverty.

The Chancellor said rich countries also had a moral duty to help, because human dignity meant they could not ignore the plight of the poor.

He said next year would be “make or break” for development in poorer countries as he set out UK goals for its EU and G8 presidencies.



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