Live 8: All Eyes On Edinburgh

Published: 2005-07-05
Now that all the weekend Live 8 concerts are over the focus is on the up and coming G8 meetings to be held at Gleneagles in Edinburgh, Scotland. It has yet to be seen what impact the Live 8 concerts had on the minds of the G8 leaders, Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin included, but the shows did create awareness at a grass roots level.

Too coincide with Wednesday's meetings one final concert will be held in Edinburgh featuring such artists as Daniel and Natasha Bedingfield, The Thrills, Dido, McFly, Damon Albarn, Embrace, Snow Patrol, Wet Wet Wet, The Proclaimers, Jamie Cullum, The Zutons, Youssou N'Dour and Annie Lennox among other performers.

Canadian Finance Minister Ralph Goodale reacted to the Live 8 concerts by saying Canada would continue to work towards the goal of devoting 0.7 per cent of GDP to foreign aid but wouldn't commit to reaching that goal by 2015. Goodale told CTV's Question Period, "0.7 sounds like a fairly benign kind of number, it sounds like a very small number. When you translate it into dollars, it does amount to $41 billion spread over a 10-year period. It means a spending commitment that would move up five-fold from where it is today."

Hundreds of thousands of people have flocked to Edinburgh, Scotland, to put pressure on the G8 leaders to deal with the overwhelming extreme poverty much of the African continent is facing. U2's Bono and concert organizer Bob Geldof are expected to address the G8 leaders this week during the meetings.

Writer: Trent McMartin

   

 

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