Anglican Alliance Sent Representative to G20 Summit

(Photo Katharine Jefferts Schori, the U.S. Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop (left) and Rev. Canon Habacuc Huerta-Ramos, Provincial Secretary of the Anglican Church in Mexico, are seen at the 2009 General Convention in Anaheim, California on July 13, 2009.

The Anglican Alliance sent a representative to a G20 summit Mexico this week, highlighting the Alliance's agenda for Mexico focusing on food security and sustainable development.

The Provincial Secretary of the Anglican Church in Mexico, Rev Canon Habacuc Ramos-Huerta participated in events during the June 18-19 meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico.

The Anglican Alliance, which lists offices in London and Nairobi, was created by a steering group composed of officials from Anglican churches and groups from around the world. The Alliance said on Wednesday that it facilitated participation of the church during preparatory activities to the summit and during the event itself.

In a report provided by the alliance, Rev Ramos-Huerta noted he attended the inaugural speech by Mexican president Felipe Calderon and highlighted part of his speech where the President mentioned the need to consider the day to day concerns of people such as work and livelihood and not only macroeconomic issues that have dominated the public's attention. The President also asked participants at the summit not to set aside issues like climate change, poverty, and the green agenda.

At a press conference with Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission and Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, the leaders spoke about the economic crisis in Greece and the need to support the European country.

The Rev. Ramos-Huerta also was at a panel discussion with members of civil society organizations that emphasized not only the need for more food security but also for more nutritious food. They also highlighted the leaders' commitment to designate 100 million dollars for programs in developing countries.

On Monday, five donor countries including Australia, Britain, Canada, Italy, and the United States, as well as the World Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation backed a new initiative called "AgResults" that would use technology to help poor African farmers increase food security, according to AlertNet. The goal is to provide up to $100 million to bring products to a wider market by incentivizing the private sector.

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