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G8 Members Score High on Climate Change, Low on Nonproliferation at Halfway Mark

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The G8 Research Group has released its Interim Compliance Report on the commitments made at the Heiligendamm Summit in Germany last summer. The report monitors a selection of 23 commitments covering a range of issues, out of a total of 329.

All G8 members complied with their pledge to fight climate change. There was also high compliance on commitments on Darfur, energy efficiency, counterterrorism and the Financial Action Task Force. The lowest scores were on nonproliferation and on financial markets and Africa.

The United States was compliant in the most categories, followed by the United Kingdom, Germany and the European Union. Canada, France and Russia were in the mid range, with Italy and Japan earning the lowest scores.

The interim report is issued at the half-way point between one G8 summit in the next. It has been produced with the collaboration of colleagues at the State University Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

The final report on the commitments made at Heiligendamm will be issued just before the Japan-hosted Hokkaido-Toyako Summit in July 2008.

The full report is available at the G8 Information Centre website at <www.g8.utoronto.ca/compliance>. Also available is a report on climate change the Outreach Five countries of Brazil, China, India, South Africa and Mexico, issued by our colleagues at the G8 Research Group Oxford.

Other press releases on specific issues and commitments are also available at the G8 Live website at <www.g8live.org/media>.

The G8 Research Group is an international network of academics, scholars and professionals based at the Munk Centre for International Studies at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Its mission is to serve as the world's leading source of independent research and analysis of the G8 and its institutions. The compliance reports are produced by the Compliance Unit, which is made up almost entirely of undergraduate and graduate students.

For more information, contact:
Cliff Vanderlinden, G8 Research Group Chair
Telephone: 416-509-3594
E-mail: mailto:cliff.vanderlinden@utoronto.ca

Madeline Koch, G8 Research Group Managing Director
Telephone: 416-588-3833 E-mail: g8@utoronto.ca

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