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Analytical Studies

2006 St. Petersburg Interim Compliance Report

20 July 2006 to 31 December 2006

Prepared by Dr. Ella Kokotsis, Dr. Marina Larionova,
Brian Kolenda, Matto Mildenberger, Janet Chow, Laura Sunderland,
the University of Toronto G8 Research Group
and the State University Higher School of Economics (Moscow) G8 Research Group

February 16, 2007 (revised March 9, 2007)

The 2006 St. Petersburg Interim Compliance Report reviews progress made on selected commitments set out at the 2006 St. Petersburg Summit for the period of July 20 to December 31, 2006. The preface and summary of the findings are listed below. The interpretive guidelines used to assess compliance on each commitment are also available.

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Each year since 1996, the G8 Research Group has produced a compliance report on the progress made by the G8 member countries in meeting the commitments issued at each leaders' summit. Since 2002, the group has published an interim report, timed to assess progress at the transition between one country's year as host and the next, and then a final report issued just before the leaders meet at their annual summit. These reports, which monitor each country's efforts on a carefully chosen selection of the many commitments announced at the end of each summit, are offered to the general public and to policy makers, academics, civil society, the media and interested citizens around the world in an effort to make the work of the G8 more transparent and accessible, and to provide scientific data to enable meaningful analysis of this unique and informal institution. Compliance reports are available at the G8 Information Centre at <www.g8.utoronto.ca/compliance/>.

The G8 Research Group is an independent organization based at the University of Toronto. Founded in 1987, it is an international network of scholars, professionals and students interested in the activities of the G8. The group oversees the G8 Information Centre, which publishes, free of charge, analysis and research on the G8 as well as makes available official documents issued by the G8.

For the 2006 Interim Compliance report, 20 priority commitments were selected from the record 317 commitments made at the St. Petersburg Summit, hosted by the Russian Federation from July 15 to 17, 2006. This report assesses the results of compliance with those commitments as of December 31, 2006. This year, the G8 Research Group in Toronto and the State University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow are collaborating on the reports for Germany and Russia. For this interim report, the Toronto team had final responsibility for all Germany scores and the HSE team had final responsibility for all Russian scores. Instances where the Toronto team disagreed with a score for Russia are noted throughout the document. Both teams will collaborate on the final compliance report that will be released in May 2007.

To make its assessments, the G8 Research Group relies on publicly available information, documentation and media reports. In an ongoing effort to ensure the accuracy, integrity and comprehensiveness of these reports, we encourage comments and suggestions. Any feedback remains anonymous and would not be attributed. Responsibility for this report's contents lies exclusively with the authors and analysts of the G8 Research Group.

The work of the G8 Research Group would not be possible without the dedication of many people around the world. In particular, this report is the product of a team of energetic and hard-working analysts directed by Janet Chow, chair of the student executive, as well as Brian Kolenda and Matto Mildenberger, with the support of Dr Ella Kokotsis, Director of Analytical Research, and Laura Sunderland, Senior Researcher.

John Kirton
G8 Research Group
Toronto, Canada

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The University of Toronto's G8 Research Group has completed its fifth annual Interim Compliance Report, based on the results from the G8's compliance from July 2006 to January 2007 with their 20 priority commitments reached at the 2006 St. Petersburg Summit. This six-month period allows for a compliance assessment with the summit's priority commitments at a time when the hosting responsibility transferred from the Russian Federation to Germany on January 1, 2007.

The interim compliance scores are summarized in Table A, with individual analytic assessments by country and issue area in the sections below. The final compliance report, due to be published just prior to the 2007 Heiligendamm Summit, will provide a more detailed and comprehensive set of compliance results. This report is intended to assess the compliance results mid-way through the year, following the transition in the hosting rotation, and hence offers preliminary observations based only on the interim findings to date.

This report spans 20 priority commitments, including three from the Summit's 'Fight Against Infectious Disease' theme (Global Fund, Tuberculosis, Polio), three from the Summit's 'Education for Innovative Society in the 21st century' theme (Academic Mobility, Education Qualification Systems, Gender Disparities), and five from the Summit's 'Global Energy Security' theme (Oil and Energy Reserve Data Collections, Energy Intensity, Surface Transport, Renewable Energy, Climate Change). Each priority commitment is surveyed across all G8 countries plus the European Union (EU).

The University of Toronto's G8 Research Group has completed its fourth annual Interim Compliance Report, based on the results from the G8's compliance from July 2005 to January 2006 with their 19 priority commitments reached at the 2005 Gleneagles Summit. This six month period allows for a compliance assessment with the summit's priority commitments at a time when the hosting responsibility transferred from the United Kingdom to the Russian Federation on January 1, 2006.

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The Overall Interim Compliance Score

The interim compliance results reveal that from the period following the conclusion of the 2006 St. Petersburg Summit until January 2007, G8 members and the EU have achieved a compliance score of 0.33 (see Table A). This average is based on a scale whereby 1.0 is equivalent to perfect compliance and -1.0 means that the member governments are either non-compliant or are, in fact, doing the opposite of what was committed to. A score of "0" suggests a work in progress, whereby a commitment has been initiated, but not yet completed within the one year time frame.

The interim compliance score of 0.31 is significantly lower than interim compliance at recent G8 summits including 0.47 for Gleneagles (2005), 0.40 for Sea Island (2004), and 0.47 for Evian (2003), and only slightly higher than 0.25 for Kananaskis (2002).

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Compliance by Country

Traditionally high-compliant United Kingdom sets the compliance standard across all 20 commitments observed again a score of 0.55, followed closely by Germany at 0.45, a significantly better ranking than its seventh place ranking at a similar point during the Gleneagles compliance period. In fact, Germany has already achieved the same level of compliance with its St. Petersburg commitments than its historical average total compliance score. Canada follows with a compliance score of 0.40, maintaining its historically high compliance position, though it still marks a modest decline from previous interim compliance rankings that placed Canada at or ahead of the compliance pack. The United States, with a compliance score of 0.35 ranks fourth, a return to historical averages after unusually high interim compliance during last year's Gleneagles compliance period. Tied for 5th are Japan, France and Russia, all with compliance scores of 0.25. For Japan, this represents a sustained rise in summit compliance rankings. Russia's score is a marked improvement from a similar point in last year's Gleneagles reporting period. By contrast, Italy falls in its compliance levels and becomes the only G8 country to score in the negative range, with an interim compliance score of -0.05.

For six of the eight G8 member countries, as well as the European Union, the interim compliance score is down relative to their compliance score at a similar point during the Gleneagles compliance period. These declines range in scope from a -34% decline for Italy, to a -8% decline for Canada. By contrast, Germany bucks this trend and records an 9% increase in its compliance score relative to its Gleneagles interim compliance, and Russia improves 28% in its compliance over a similar period last year.

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The Compliance Gap between Countries

After reaching a high at nearly 0.90 for the Gleneagles Interim Compliance period, the compliance gap between member countries decreased significantly to 0.59 (0.54 for the United Kingdom to -0.05 for Italy). This compliance gap is comparable to the 0.50 at the interim point post-Sea Island but still higher than the 0.25 at the interim period post-Evian. At a similar point post-Kananaskis, where the overall compliance level was comparable to that described here for the St. Petersburg summit, the compliance gap was still substantially higher, hitting 0.77.

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Compliance by Issue Area

Compliance by issue area also varies considerably at the interim point. Of the 20 priority issues assessed, on the Oil and Energy Reserve Data (JODI) commitment and the Middle East/Lebanon commitment that called for the provision of economic and humanitarian support to the Lebanese people achieved a perfect compliance score of 1.0. Here, perfect compliance reflects unanimous efforts to enhance the collecting and reporting of market data on oil and other energy sources, including through the development of a global common standard for reporting oil and other energy reserves, and alternatively, sufficient and substantial economic and humanitarian support. Only three other commitments attain scores above 0.50. A commitment to support the Global Partnership against non-proliferation and one to facilitate renewable energy development in developing countries attained a score of 0.67. A commitment to renew reaffirmation of climate change-related commitments made at Gleneagles followed close behind with scores of 0.56. At a similar point in the post-Gleneagles period, 9 of 21 priority commitments treated attained interim compliance scores above 0.50, including 3 with perfect compliance scores. Here, the next ranked commitment is that supporting the eradication of polio, achieveing a compliance score of 0.44. Commitments on debt relief in Africa, economic goals of energy intensity and the elimination of gender disparities in education also attain scores above the compliance median (0.22), each with a recorded compliance score of 0.33

At 0.22 are commitments regarding the development of sustainable methods of surface transportation and the elimination of trade-distorting subsidies to agriculture. This latter agricultural commitment is notable in that its constituent national compliance scores were unusually polarized with four scores of +1, three scores of 0, and 2 scores of –1. A commitment to create websites in each G8 country providing information on intellectual property rights ranks next, with a low interim compliance score of 0.13, closely followed by three commitments that registered a similarly depressed score of 0.11: one to improve academic mobility, one relating to the protection of global energy infrastructure from terrorism, and one relating to the development of the African Standby Force.

Four commitments saw aggregate compliance scores of 0 — one relating to the fight against transnational crime and corruption, one regarding the financing of the Global Fund, one supporting the Global Plan to Stop TB, and one regarding the sharing of information about academic qualifaction systems. In all except the last of these, all G8 countries and the EU received a common score of 0, indicating a unanimous "work in progress". Unlike previous years, no commitments had scores in the negative range.

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Compliance in Summit Priority Issue Areas

The Russian government identified three thematic priorities for the St. Petersburg summit: energy security, infections diseases, and education. Compliance in these issue areas varied. Five representative commitments were drawn from the energy security summit document. These had an average compliance score of 0.53, substantially higher than the overall interim compliance average of 0.31, and but below G8 historical compliance averages with energy and environment commitments (see Table D). Compliance with the infectious disease and education commitments was more depressed, with the G8 registering average compliance scores of 0.19 and 0.15 in those areas, respectively – well below the average 2006 interim compliance score as well as average historical interim compliance levels in health and education..

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Special Considerations

In evaluating the results of this report, the following considerations should be kept in mind.

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Further Research and Reports

The information contained within this report provides G8 member countries and other stakeholders with an indication of their compliance results in the post-Gleneagles period. As with previous compliance reports, this report has been produced as an invitation for others to provide additional or more complete information on country compliance with the 2006 St. Petersburg commitments. As always, comments are welcomed and would be considered as part of an analytical reassessment. Please send your feedback to g8@utoronto.ca

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Table A: 2006 St. Petersburg Interim Compliance Scores

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Table B: G8 Compliance by Country, 1996–2006

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Table C: G8 Compliance by Issue, 1996–2006

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Table D: 2006 Priority Commitment Interim Compliance

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