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Prospective Agenda for the 2008 G8 Hokkaido Summit

Laura Sunderland
Senior Researcher, G8 Research Group
April 30, 2007


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


G8 Summit, Lake Toya, Hokkaido, Japan: 2008

On April 24, 2007, Jiji Press English News Service reported that the Japanese government plans to host the summit in July, 2008.[1]

On April 16, 2007, Agence France Presse (among other sources) reported that the Japanese summit will focus on global warming and African development.[2] See also "Japan Selects Hokkaido for 2008 Summit."

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Issues

Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Dialogue

On March 20, 2007, Agence France Presse reported that Japanese "Prime Minister Abe will ask his cabinet ministers to develop a package of proposals to present to next year's Group of Eight summit of world leaders which Japan will host, they said. Japanese government ministers will "discuss proposals on a new framework that will ensure participation by the United States and China, the world's largest greenhouse-gas emitters," a foreign ministry official said."[3]

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 G8 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 April 16, 2007, Agence France Presse reported that following a meeting in Tokyo between Italian Prime Minister Prodi (who will host the summit in 2009) and Japanese Prime Minister Abe, Abe stated that "As both our countries will be chairing these summits, cooperation is essential. The issues to be taken up at the G8 summit meeting are long-term issues."[7] Prodi stated that "It is necessary to build a joint policy towards Africa... Africa is developing economically amid globalisation. We have up until now discussed major environmental and human disasters in Africa at our G8 meetings... Africa is developing economically amid globalisation. We have up until now discussed major environmental and human disasters in Africa at our G8 meetings [such as investment]."[8]

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.[9]

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."[10]

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Ministerials

On April 24, 2007, Jiji Press English News Service reported that the first ministerial meeting is set to be held in March 2008.[11] The Japanese government is also considering holding a meeting of justice and internal affairs ministers in Tokyo.[12]

On April 23, 2007, Kyodo News reported that the following cities have informally been selected to host ministerial meetings in 2008: Kyoto will host the foreign ministers meetings, Osaka will host the finance ministers meeting, Kobe will host the environment ministers and Niigata will host the labour ministers.[13]

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Notes

1 Jiji Press English News Service (April 24, 2007), "Japan Eyeing G-8 Summit in July 2008."

2 Agence France Presse (April 16, 2007), "Italy, Japan say G8 to focus on Africa, warming."

3 Agence France Presse (March 20, 2007), "Japan aims to lead post-Kyoto climate change fight."

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 Agence France Presse (April 16, 2007), "Italy, Japan say G8 to focus on Africa, warming."

8 Agence France Presse (April 16, 2007), "Italy, Japan say G8 to focus on Africa, warming."

9 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

10 Julius Court (2005), "Live8, the G8 and Africa: How bold will Japan be?," Overseas Development Institute, Accessed December 20, 2006, http://www.odi.org.uk/rapid/Projects/UK_Japan/docs/DY_OpEd.pdf

11 Jiji Press English News Service (April 24, 2007), "Japan Eyeing G-8 Summit in July 2008."

12 Jiji Press English News Service (April 24, 2007), "Japan Eyeing G-8 Summit in July 2008."

13 Kyodo News (April 23, 2007), "G-8 ministerial meetings set in Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Niigata."

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