The Group of Eight (G-8) wealthy nations agreed to pledge $60 billion to fight
AIDS and malaria in Africa on the final day of their annual summit in Heiligendamm,
half the sum, meant to combat AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, has already been
pledged by the United States, sources at the G-8 summit said.
host German chancellor Angela Merkel was to announce the plan, German development
minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul said.
of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States
hosted African leaders, including South African president Thabo Mbeki, on the
last day of the summit.
G8 leaders who struck a face-saving deal on climate change turned to development
aid on the final day discussing ways of coordinating assistance to Africa with
emerging powers from the so-called `Plus Five'' group - Brazil, China, India, Mexico
and South Africa.
Group of Five nations wanted their ''''different capacities and interests'''' taken
into consideration when tackling climate change, sticking
to the view of China and India that imposing emissions cuts would restrict their
booming economic growth.
accord worked out by the G8 was dismissed by environmental groups as an empty
gesture but many observers hailed the pact for finally tying the United States
to the goal of fighting global warming.