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NGOs react to G20 summit outcomes

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (September 6, 2013) –  Members of the U.S.-based NGO alliance InterAction released the following statements on the outcomes of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg:

InterAction

“The G20 leaders have made strengthening growth and creating jobs their top priority for this year’s summit. This cannot happen without a focus on the world’s poor. Countries must fulfill their promises to improve nutrition for the poor in developing countries and to empower people with skills for decent jobs. Such a focus on the world’s poor will not only build stronger and more sustainable economies, but stronger communities.” - Samuel A. Worthington, President and CEO, InterAction

Oxfam

“The G20 have made good progress on clamping down on corporate tax dodging by committing themselves to building a fairer tax system. But the poorest countries who are being hit hardest are still locked out of the negotiations on new global tax rules and they need a seat at the table.  Oxfam is disappointed that leaders failed to confront the growing problem of income inequality. The G20 need to concentrate on ensuring that growth is fair and boosts equality, so that its benefits reach people living in poverty.” - Carlos Zarco, Executive Director, Oxfam Mexico

World Vision

"We said we would mark the success of G20 2013 in three ways – how it delivers for children, its specifics on tackling inequality, and a focus on action. The intention to tackle inequality by promoting inclusive growth is wonderful to see, but there is a huge gap around children. Investing in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children is proven to grow economies, and we need to see a lot more focus on reaching them.” - Tim Costello, CEO, World Vision Australia