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$3bn pledged for girls education at G7, delighting Malala

AFP  |  La Malbaie 

Pledges worth nearly USD 3 billion dollars to help vulnerable women and girls, including refugees, get an education were announced at a summit on Saturday.

Canadian Justin Trudeau, who hosted his fellow leaders at a resort, called it "the single largest investment in education for women and girls in crisis and conflict situations." will provide USD 300 million of the total.

The amount was more than feminists groups that met with Trudeau on the sidelines of the summit had asked for, earning the praise from groups and activists, including Nobel prize-winner who said it would "give more girls hope that they can build a brighter future for themselves."

The funds gives "young women in developing countries the opportunity to pursue careers instead of early marriage and child labor," Malala, who was shot in the head while campaigning for girls' education in Pakistan, wrote on

Canadian Council for International Co-operation's called it "a most welcome set of results, especially in the face of the tense political context that has dominated the summit." The cash -- to be spent over three to five years -- will be used to train teachers and improve curriculums, track educational data, support innovative education methods, and boost women and girls' graduation rates in developing countries.

The G7's closing statement also included a general pledge against ocean pollution by cutting down on plastic, although neither the or put their names to a detailed timeline.

German and France's said at press briefings that the goal was to have 100 percent recycling of by 2030, and to develop more viable alternatives to plastic packaging.

Merkel said that did not want to commit to quantified targets. did not immediately explain its position.

The commitment of the G7's four European countries -- Italy, France, Britain and -- is in line with that of the European Union, which is looking to ban single-use and recycle 90 percent of plastic bottles by 2025.

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 09:40 IST