34th G8 summit

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G8 "family photo" at the Hokkaido summit. From left are: Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy; President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia; Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany; Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom; Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda of Japan; President George W. Bush of the United States; Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada; President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

The 34th G8 summit was a meeting in 2008 for the leaders of Canada, the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.[1]

This meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) was the 34th meeting in a series which began in 1976. The G8 and the summit are part of a "consultative process and not an international organization".[2]

The meeting took place in Japan at Tōyako (洞爺湖 Tōya-ko?) on the northern island of Hokkaidō. The international group of leaders were together from July 7–9, 2008.[3]

Core participants[change | change source]

The participants were the "core members" of the group:[4]

Core G8 members
Host nation and leader are indicated in bold text.
Member Represented by Title
Canada Canada Stephen Harper [5] Prime Minister
France France Nicolas Sarkozy [5] President
Germany Germany Angela Merkel [5] Chancellor
Italy Italy Silvio Berlusconi [5] Prime Minister
Japan Japan Yasuo Fukuda [5] Prime Minister
Russia Russia Dmitri Medvedev [5] President
United Kingdom United Kingdom Gordon Brown [5] Prime Minister
United States United States George W. Bush [5] President
European Union European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso [6] President

Invited leaders[change | change source]

A select group of others were invited to join in some of the discussions.

G8+5[change | change source]

Family photo of the G8+G5

The G8 plus the five other nations were known as G8+5.

Other leaders[change | change source]

Heads of international organizations[change | change source]

Leaders of some organizations were invited to be part of some of the discussions.

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Group of Eight: what is it?" Reuters. July 3, 2008; retrieved 2012-2-10.
  2. G20-G8 France 2011, "What is G8?"; retrieved 2012-3-16.
  3. Japan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA): 34th G8 summit website; retrieved 2012-2-10.
  4. Rieffel, Lex. "Regional Voices in Global Governance: Looking to 2010 (Part IV)," Brookings. March 27, 2009; retrieved 2012-2-10.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 2008 Hokkaido G-8, delegations; retrieved 2012-2-10.
  6. Hokkaido G-8, delegations; "EU and the G8 & G20"; retrieved 2012-2-10.
  7. "President Hu to attend G8 summit in Japan," China Daily (Beijing). July 2, 2008; retrieved 2012-2-10.
  8. "G-8: world economy will be in focus," The Hindu (Chennai). July 5, 2008; "PM to take up fuel price issue, need for action plan at G8 meet," The Hindu Business Line (New Delhi) -- Dr Singh will have bilateral meeting the Prime Minister of Japan, the US President, and the leaders of Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Russia and the Secretary General of the United Nations; retrieved 2012-2-10.
  9. "México: presidente Calderón viaja a Japón por cumbre G8 y visita China," Univision (Mexico). July 4, 2008 (Spanish)
  10. Liang, Yan. "Mbeki to attend G-8 outreach session in Japan," Xinhua (Beijing). July 6, 2008; Fabricus, Peter. "Mbeki to press G8 leaders on Africa," The Star (Johannesburg). July 7, 2008; retrieved 2012-2-10.
  11. Stewart, Cameron. "Perfect Timing for Kevin Rudd's Trip to Australia," The Australian (Melbourne). July 5, 2008; retrieved 2012-2-10.
  12. Lian, Yan. "Japanese ambassador: G8 Summit to highlight African issues," Xinhua (Beijing). July 5, 2008; retrieved 2012-2-10.
  13. Liang, Yan. "Indonesian president to speak on food security at G8+8 summit," Xinhua (Beijing). July 2, 2008; retrieved 2012-2-10.
  14. Na Jeong-ju. "President Lee Heads for Japan for Expanded G8 Summit," Korea Times (Seoul). July 8, 2008 -- Lee is to hold a series of bilateral talks with U.S. President Bush, Russian President Medvedev and leaders of India, Brazil, Mexico and Indonesia; retrieved 2012-2-10.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Support for Africa's development not just a moral imperative; it is critical to global security, Deputy Secretary-General tells African Union assembly," ReliefWeb, UN-OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs). June 30, 2008; retrieved 2012-2-10.
  16. Fabricus, Peter. "Mbeki to press G8 leaders on Africa," The Star (Johannesburg). July 7, 2008; retrieved 2012-2-10.
  17. Yan, Yangtze. "UN chief urges G8 nations to honor commitments to aid Africa," Xinhua (Beijing). July 7, 2008; retrieved 2012-2-10.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to 34th G8 summit at Wikimedia Commons


Preceded by
33rd G8 summit
34th G8 Summit
Hokkaido

2008
Succeeded by
35th G8 summit