Resolution on Forgiveness of National Debts

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BWA General Council Resolution 2001.3

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, July 2-7, 2001

NOTES the imminent G8 summit meeting to be held in Genoa, Italy;

RECALLS the 1999 General Council resolution on Jubilee 2000 congratulating the G8 nations for adopting a US $100 billion debt forgiveness package;

REGRETS that the process of forgiving the debts of the poorest nations has not proceeded more swiftly;

ENCOURAGES all G8 leaders to advance the process to enable the poorest nations to promote the economic and social welfare of their citizens; and

CALLS on Baptists and all people of good will to continue to support the campaign to encourage governments and creditor institutions to implement with greater speed decisions already made concerning debt relief and for debtor nations to translate such relief into tangible benefits for their citizens; and

INSISTS that nothing herein should work to promote governments that deny freedom to their people.


Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2001 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2001.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2001 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2001), p. 95.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2001.3 Resolution on Forgiveness of National Debts;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2001.3).

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