, Alicia Keys
, Jessica Alba
and Liv Tyler
are just a handful of the celebrities who have joined a campaign urging world leaders to honor their promises to help poor countries. The stars - along with David Bowie's
model wife Iman
and the Indian model/actress Padma Lakshmi
- have signed the Global Petition Calling for Real Action on AIDS and Education.
The document by the Global AIDS Alliance
aims to persuade G8
member states to stick to agreements to improve support for health and education made at the 2005 summit, which have yet to be fulfilled.
In a statement, the organization claims: "Aid levels have actually declined. Less than half of all people in urgent need of AIDS treatment by 2010 will be receiving it, 77 million children have no access to school, and Africa alone faces a shortage of nearly 1.5 million health workers."
"Mere rhetoric from the G8 will not save lives and restore hope. We call on you, the leaders of the G8 nations, to agree on a financing plan to reach the promise of universal access to all AIDS services by 2010. We call on you to fully support a coordinated plan to strengthen health systems. And, we call on you to provide full funding for education, to give every child the chance to go to school."
Voicing his support for the campaign, Elton says, "How can we break the promises we make to the world's most vulnerable people? I am signing this petition because the G8 leaders should keep their promises, and I urge music-lovers and everyone around the world to sign it too."
leaders including U.S. President George W. Bush
and British Prime Minister Tony Blair
are due to meet in Germany next week.
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