'Counter-summit' will hit Edinburgh

Charities and NGOs are preparing to take the Make Poverty History campaign into overdrive as the G8 summit approaches.

Most activity is based around the huge rally planned to take place in Edinburgh on 2 July. Save the Children will host a Gener8ion Zone aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds and a children's zone. It will also have two live stages featuring celebrities and artists.

A 'counter-summit' is being organised on 3 July. About 30 workshops will take place, including one on civil liberties organised by Amnesty International.

ActionAid will publish a report just before the G8 Summit discussing issues in Africa. Four hundred City lawyers have joined Oxfam and other charities in a legal initiative aimed at supplying legal aid to poorer countries.

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