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Prospective Agenda for the 2008 G8 Summit
Hosted by Japan

Laura Sunderland
Senior Researcher, G8 Research Group
February 21, 2007


This prospective agenda is compiled by the G8 Research Group from public sources as an aid to researchers and other stakeholders interested in the 2008 G8 Summit, which will be hosted by Japan. It will be updated periodically as the summit planning evolves and as more information becomes available about its intended and actual agenda.

Location

According to a news release outlining the city of Yokohama's bid to host the G8 Summit in 2008, "the G8 hosts will be decided by March 2007, based on visits to candidate sites by MOFA expected in October and November, at which time potential host locations will submit their plans."[1] The bid proposes that the Japanese government hold the Summit in Yokohama and the accompanying Ministerial Meetings in Niigata.[2]

At the Global Call to Action against Poverty meeting on the G8, held in Berlin from October 4-6, 2006, the representatives suggested that the 2008 summit may be held in Kyoto.[3]

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Issues

Climate Change and Sustainable Energy

On February 18, 2007, Jiji Press English News Service reported that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated that he will lead discussions of environmental protection and climate change in Heiligendamm, where it will be a major topic.[4] Jiji Press English News Service also reported that "Environmental issues will remain at the fore at next year's G-8 summit in Japan, where attendees are seen to discuss how Japan and other advanced nations should achieve their targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions set out in the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. A post-Kyoto Protocol framework for tackling global warming will also likely be on the agenda at the 2008 summit among Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States, Abe said."[5]

In the G8 leaders' official document on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development, the text read "We welcome Japan's offer to receive a report at the G8 Summit in 2008 [to take the sustainable energy dialogue forward]."[6]

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Africa

On November 18, 2006, a senior official from Germany announced that Germany will not focus on debt relief and increased aid to Africa, stating that the 2005 report of the Commission for Africa left the issue to be taken up again by the Japanese G8 presidency in 2008.[7]

According to a report by Julius Court, of the Overseas Development Institute: "In [2008], Japan will be Chair of the G8 and host the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development - a 5-yearly gathering of African leaders and their development partners. Africa will be in the spotlight again."

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Notes

1 City of Yokohama (September 29, 2006), "Outline plan for 'Yokohama G8 Summit' announced, Accessed December 20, 2006, http://72.14.203.104/search?q=cache:Ewxn4TcbnC8J:www.city.yokohama.jp/se/mayor/interview/pressroom/newsrelease/h18/newsrelease060929-e.pdf+2008+g8+summit+tokyo&hl=en&gl=ca&ct=clnk&cd=5

2 City of Yokohama (September 29, 2006), "Outline plan for 'Yokohama G8 Summit' announced, Accessed December 20, 2006, http://72.14.203.104/search?q=cache:Ewxn4TcbnC8J:www.city.yokohama.jp/se/mayor/interview/pressroom/newsrelease/h18/newsrelease060929-e.pdf+2008+g8+summit+tokyo&hl=en&gl=ca&ct=clnk&cd=5

3 GCAP G8 Meeting (October 4-6, 2006), "Berlin Communiqué," Accessed December 20, 2006, http://www.bond.org.uk/pubs/campaign/gcap/GCAP_G8_Berlin_Communique.doc

4 Jiji Press English News Service (February 18, 2007), "Japan's Abe Ready to Lead Talks on Green Efforts at G-8 Summit."

5 Jiji Press English News Service (February 18, 2007), "Japan's Abe Ready to Lead Talks on Green Efforts at G-8 Summit."

6 G8 Official Document (July 8, 2005), "Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development," accessed December 20, 2006, http://www.g7.utoronto.ca/summit/2005gleneagles/climatechange.html

7 Hugh Williamson and Alan Beattie (October 18, 2006), "Germany to focus G8 on Africa investment," Accessed December 20, 2006, http://www.ft.com/cms/s/01a1136a-5ed6-11db-afac-0000779e2340.html

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