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The Prospective Agenda for the
2007 G8 Heiligendamm Summit

Laura Sunderland
Senior Researcher, G8 Research Group
October 2, 2006

Environment and Climate Change
Global Economic Imbalances
Energy and Raw Materials
World Trade and Intellectual Property Rights
Poverty and Development Aid
Africa
Middle East
Outreach
Notes


This prospective agenda is compiled by the G8 Research Group from public sources as an aid to researchers and other stakeholders interested in the 2007 G8 Summit, which will be hosted by Germany in Heilgendamm on June 6-8. It will be updated periodically as the Heiligendamm Summit planning evolves and as more information becomes available about its intended and actual agenda.

On August 1, 2006, the German G8 Sherpa office disclosed that the relevant cabinet session to determine the German Summit priority issues will take place October 11, 2006.[1]

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Environment and Climate Change

On September 28, 2006, Deutsche Welle reported that Merkel named climate change as her presidency's top priority for the summit. [2] Merkel also stated that she will use Germany's EU presidency to push for reduced energy use and more energy efficiency. [3] Merkel stated that "To prevent global warming, the nations with the largest emissions of gases that are causing climate change have to take part... That's why we will make this an important issue once again on the agenda during our G8 presidency... China, India and other countries are now much more aware of the risks... As a result, the ground is now more fertile than it once was... We urgently need agreements for the period after 2012 when the Kyoto Protocol expires. Germany will do all it can within its realm as president of both the G8 and the EU ... We have a great chance next year to have an international impact." [4]

On August 1, 2006, the German G8 Sherpa office disclosed that while no definite decisions concerning key topics have officially been made, energy and climate change and intellectual property rights will be priorities at the summit. [5]


Global Economic Imbalances

On July 27, 2006, the Financial Times reported that Merkel will focus the summit's attention on global economic matters, such as global imbalances.[6]

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Energy and Raw Materials

On September 28, 2006, Deutsche Welle reported that Merkel stated that she will use Germany's EU presidency to push for reduced energy use and more energy efficiency.[7]

On August 1, 2006, the German G8 Sherpa office disclosed that while no definite decisions concerning key topics have officially been made, energy and climate change and intellectual property rights will be priorities at the summit.[8]

On July 27, 2006, the Financial Times reported that the central topics of the German summit will be global economic imbalances, energy and intellectual property protection.[9]

Sustainable, renewable and environmentally sound energy policy will be a topic for the summit.[10]

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World Trade and Intellectual Property Rights

On August 1, 2006, the German G8 Sherpa office disclosed that while no definite decisions concerning key topics have officially been made, energy and climate change and intellectual property rights will be priorities at the summit.[11]

On July 27, 2006, the Financial Times reported that the central topics of the German summit will be global economic imbalances, energy and intellectual property protection.[12]

The trade agenda will focus particularly on intellectual property rights.

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Poverty and Development Aid

On July 27, 2006, it was reported in the Financial Times that Merkel will lead the G8 away from its focus on development issues.[13]

Chancellor Merkel announced to Russian reporters that while the agenda for the 2007 summit is not finalized, "of course, it will include a struggle against poverty."[14]

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Africa

According to Larry Elliot, economics editor of the British daily The Guardian, Merkel has agreed to put Africa on the summit agenda.[15]

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Middle East

On July 19, 2006, Chancellor Merkel announced to Russian reporters that "The topics will depend on the situation in the world then and will probably include a discussion on Iran, the Middle East conflict..."[16]

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Outreach

On July 27, 2006, the Financial Times reported that Merkel rejected a proposal to extend G8 membership to include China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico.[17] This proposal was supported by the UK.[18]

On July 17, 2006, Chancellor Merkel stated that Mexico, Brazil and other countries invited to the 2006 summit will be invited to attend the G8 summit in 2007.[19]

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Notes

[1] Mona Bricke (August 31, 2006), Email to Intngo listserve.

[2] Deutsche Welle (September 28, 2006), "Merkel to Target Climate Change as G8, EU Leader," accessed October 2, 2006 <www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,2188336,00.html?maca=en-bulletin-433-html>.

[3] Deutsche Welle (September 28, 2006), "Merkel to Target Climate Change as G8, EU Leader," accessed October 2, 2006 <www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,2188336,00.html?maca=en-bulletin-433-html>.

[4] Deutsche Welle (September 28, 2006), "Merkel to Target Climate Change as G8, EU Leader," accessed October 2, 2006 <www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,2188336,00.html?maca=en-bulletin-433-html>.

[5] Mona Bricke (August 31, 2006), Email to Intngo listserve.

[6] Bertrand Benoit (Berlin) and Mark Schieritz (Frankfurt) (July 27, 2006), "Germany plans to shake up G8 agenda," The Financial Times.

[7] Deutsche Welle (September 28, 2006), "Merkel to Target Climate Change as G8, EU Leader," accessed October 2, 2006 <www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,2188336,00.html?maca=en-bulletin-433-html>.

[8] Mona Bricke (August 31, 2006), Email to Intngo listserve.

[9] Bertrand Benoit (Berlin) and Mark Schieritz (Frankfurt) (July 27, 2006), "Germany plans to shake up G8 agenda," The Financial Times.

[10] Jabeen Bhatti (July 19, 2006), "German H8 Presidency: Changes in Style and Substance," Deutsche Welle. Accessed July 23, 2006. http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,2103556,00.html.

[11] Mona Bricke (August 31, 2006), Email to Intngo listserve.

[12] Bertrand Benoit (Berlin) and Mark Schieritz (Frankfurt) (July 27, 2006), "Germany plans to shake up G8 agenda," The Financial Times.

[13] Bertrand Benoit (Berlin) and Mark Schieritz (Frankfurt) (July 27, 2006), "Germany plans to shake up G8 agenda," The Financial Times.

[14] Jabeen Bhatti (July 19, 2006), "German H8 Presidency: Changes in Style and Substance," Deutsche Welle. Accessed July 23, 2006. http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,2103556,00.html.

[15] Jabeen Bhatti (July 19, 2006), "German H8 Presidency: Changes in Style and Substance," Deutsche Welle. Accessed July 23, 2006. http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,2103556,00.html.

[16] Jabeen Bhatti (July 19, 2006), "German H8 Presidency: Changes in Style and Substance," Deutsche Welle. Accessed July 23, 2006. http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,2103556,00.html.

[17] Bertrand Benoit (Berlin) and Mark Schieritz (Frankfurt) (July 27, 2006), "Germany plans to shake up G8 agenda," The Financial Times.

[18] Bertrand Benoit (Berlin) and Mark Schieritz (Frankfurt) (July 27, 2006), "Germany plans to shake up G8 agenda," The Financial Times.

[19]Regnum (July 17, 2006), "German chancellor does not know G8 agenda for 2007," Accessed July 23, 2006. http://www.regnum.ru/english/674931.html.

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