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G8 Summit Attracts Lobbying

May 18, 2012
Ahead of this weekend's G8 summit, different organizations have been calling on the attendees to address issues including global hunger, transatlantic trade and taxing financial trades. Here's a sampling:

World Vision's HungerFree campaign is calling on the G8 leaders to maintain funding for global food and health initiatives. It took out an ad in Thursday's Washington Post calling on President Obama to use his "leadership as host of this G8 summit in setting bold, achievable global targets to end malnutrition and stunting, and ensuring follow-through on existing food-security commitments" and has been urging young people around the world to tweet the G8 leaders about hunger.

HungerFree also collected art from young people imagining what a world without hunger would look like and is displaying the pieces at Union Station while the G8 summit takes place. The campaign compiled images of the art submissions into a book and presented it to the administration on Thursday.

About 1,000 members of National Nurses United are partnering with the Occupy movement for a rally in Chicago Friday calling for world leaders to enact a "Robin Hood" tax on Wall Street trades, saying it will raise billions of dollars in tax revenue. The G8 meeting was supposed to take place in Chicago, which is also hosting this weekend's NATO summit, but the Obama administration moved it to Camp David.

"At the rally Robin Hood and the nurses will scour the trees for the AWOL G-8 world leaders, who decided to run off and hide in the woods of rural Maryland rather than face a disgruntled public in Chicago as originally announced, to determine what they are doing to help average families, not just the banks and Wall Street high rollers, in the midst of a continuing economic gloom," the NNU release says.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donohue has been in Europe this week, calling for European and American leaders to agree to a negotiation timetable for discussing a new trade and economic plan.

"With struggling economies, aging populations, and new competition from emerging nations, we simply cannot forego the prosperity and competitive advantages that would come from a stronger transatlantic relationship," Donohue said in Dublin on Wednesday.

And although it did not reach out to all G8 leaders, Business Roundtable last week wrote to Obama and several European leaders and encouraged them to help strengthen the U.S.-European economic relationship.

"We now urge you to: (1) use the occasion of your coming together at the upcoming G8 meeting to meet on its sidelines to further these ongoing efforts to increase U.S.-EU trade, investment, and regulatory cooperation; and (2) intensify these efforts with the goal of framing and launching ambitious and comprehensive transatlantic trade, investment and regulatory negotiations by the end of this year," states the letter, which Business Roundtable wrote along with the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue and the European Roundtable of Industrialists.

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