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If Campaign's letter to David Cameron ahead of his visit to the US.
If Campaign's letter to David Cameron ahead of his visit to the US.

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10 May 2013Dear Prime Minister,On behalf of the IF campaign, a campaign of almost 200 members organisations, we want to thank you foryour leadership on development. Expectations are high for the summer, as the UK hosts the G8 Presidencyand the two pre-summit events.As we discussed
when we met with you recently we welcome the government’s response to our campaign to
date. Putting the issue of tax dodging (a key drain on the resources of developing country governments),nutrition and land rights on the G8 agenda and honouring the 0.7% aid promise are critical steps forward.We do believe that more progress is needed in three key areas, and that the time has come to translatewords into bold action.Firstly, the level of ambition for your Nutrition for Growth event on the 8
th
of June. This event could be aturning point. At least one third of all child deaths are attributable to malnutrition, but despite this only0.37% of aid globally is spent directly tackling the problem. We welcome the target of reducing the numberof stunted children by twenty million by 2020 as an important step towards elimination of this condition that
is causing irreversible damage, both to children’s lives and to countries’ development.
But we are worriedthat without the necessary financing this commitment will ring hollow. As far as we are aware there has notbeen anything like enough outreach to other donors and developing countries to make this targetachievable. We still have over a month left to fix that, but would encourage you personally to make the
necessary calls to get us back on track. We mustn’t squander this opportunity.
 
Secondly, we’d urge you to ensure that the G8 publishes a clear, timed plan of how poor developingcountries will benefit from any G8 tax agreement. Getting the UK’s own h
ouse in order ahead of the G8
Leaders’ Summit is an essential step towards this. This would require that the UK’s Crown Dependencies and
Overseas Territories sign the existing Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in TaxMatters immediately and in advance of the G8. At the G8 they should
 
implement a new gold standard onbeneficial ownership and agree to share information in a multilateral and automatic basis. This will ensurethat they can no longer harbour tax evaders and money launderers that deprive poor countries of valuableresources that could be invested in tackling hunger, and truly would pave the way for a historic G8 taxagreement.Thirdly, we ask you to be ambitious on the G8 agenda of land rights and land transparency, to tackle agrowing problem of land grabbing in developing countries which is undermining food security. Please ensurethe launch at this G8 of a Land Transparency Initiative, to support the full implementation of the UNVoluntary Guidelines on Land Tenure, and to bring together developing countries, investors, companies andcivil society to commit to full disclosure and community consent in land deals.We remain confident that this G8 can secure a real breakthrough in the fight against hunger and taxtransparency but your personal leadership and international diplomacy over the next few weeks will becritical to reaching this ambition.
The campaign’s supporters up and down the country will be watching
closely and pressing you to deliver the most ambitious outcome possible over the coming weeks.Rt. Hon David Cameron MPPrime Minister10 Downing StreetLondonSW1A 2AABondRegents Wharf 8 All Saints St,London N1 9RL 

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