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The latest compliance report from the G8 Research Group is now available

La sede del Munk Centre for International Studies

31/03/2010  The released G8 Research Group compliance Report examines various themes and monitors their status in the agenda of each country. A team of 150 analysts from the Munk Centre for International Studies at Trinity College in the University of Toronto and from Moscow School of Economics.

All the Official Documents of the 2009 G8 Summit

Italian G8 Logo signed by the Eight World Leaders

31/12/2009  The official documents of the G8 Summit under Italian Presidency, which was held in L'Aquila from 8 to 10 July 2009, can be consulted in the pages of this website by clicking on "Summit Proceedings" under the "Summit" menu. The documents can be consulted and/or downloaded in Pdf format in the original English version and, where applicable, also in the Italian version.

The Baton Passes to Canada: The Muskoka G8 2010 Gets Off the Ground

Canadian G8 Logo

31/12/2009  Canada's tenure of the G8 presidency is about to begin: the 2010 Summit is due to be held in Muskoka, a spectacular region of central Ontario rich in lakes, picturesque towns and villages, and beautiful natural scenery. The symbol of the Canadian G8, a pine tree with windswept branches yet whose trunk is solidly rooted in the rock, perfectly embodies the spirit of the region.

A Year With the G8 Website: Over Half a Million Consolidated Visitors, and Millions of Hits

30/12/2009  More than 536,000 consolidated visitors, peaks running into millions of hits during the three days of the Summit in L'Aquila, over 180 news items published, 26 official documents explained and commented on, 48 HD photo galleries and 25 video galleries:  these are but a few of the figures regarding our website in 2009, the year in which Italy has held the G8 duty presidency. The photo galleries and news items are the sections that have attracted the highest number of visitors.

G8: A Year With Italy at the Helm

The Main Conference Hall, L'Aquila G8 Summit 2009

30/12/2009  A year is drawing to a close that has been marked by intense hard work on numerous issues at the heart of the international debate such as combating the worldwide economic crisis, imparting a fresh boost to international trade, fighting climate change, promoting development in the world's poorer countries, guaranteeing food safety and security, ensuring access to water, health, the struggle against terrorism, and peace and cooperation amongst peoples and nations.

Italy's Year at the Helm of the G8 Comes to an End

L'Aquila Summit 2009: a detail of the venue's setting-ups

30/12/2009  As 2009 draws to a close, Italy's stint at the helm of the G8 group of countries has reached its conclusion. It has been a year packed with meetings and initiatives that culminated in the Summit in L'Aquila in July, when the heads of state and government leaders of the G8 countries met and debated with over 30 delegations, making for a total of 40 participants ranging from the G8 member countries themselves to the countries in the G5 group, the countries in the MEF (the Major Economies Forum), the member countries of the African Union, the international organisations and a host of other countries invited by the Italian Presidency. With the start of 2010 the presidency now passes to Canada, which will be organising meetings at the ministerial level and hosting the G8 Summit in the region of Muskoka, in Ontario, in the summer.

UN Climate Conference Winds Up in Copenhagen

19/12/2009  After almost two weeks of tough negotiations, an agreement has been reached in Copenhagen on funding for the world's poorer countries with a view to implementing major reductions in CO2 emissions. The countries that signed the agreement have to put a figure to their pledges regarding greenhouse gas cuts by 1 February 2010, pending new talks scheduled to be held in Bonn next summer.

Leaders Work To Thrash Out Accord at Copenhagen UN Conference

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and USA Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

18/12/2009 

On the final day of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, world leaders are negotiating in an attempt to achieve a binding agreement. Positive signals have emerged from a meeting between US President Barack Obama and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. A draft accord has been prepared providing for an 80% cut in greenhouse gas emissions in the world's wealthier countries and for a 50% cut in all the others by 2050.

UN Conference on Climate Change Gets Under Way in Copenhagen

Danish Prime Minister Rasmussen

07/12/2009  Resorting to a play on words to illustrate the massive participation and mobilisation that is being seen at the 15th UN Conference on Climate Change, Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen said that, from 7 to 18 December, “Copenhagen is going to be Openhagen”. The conference has kicked off in an optimistic mood, with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voicing the certainty that "an agreement signed by all of the countries" will be achieved in the end.

G8 Group of Health Experts Meets in L'Aquila

The meeting of the Health Experts Group inside the Coppito Guardia di Finanza complex

27/11/2009  The G8 Group of Experts has met at the Coppito Guardia di Finanza complex to conduct an assessment of the progress made in rebuilding the areas stricken by the earthquake in April this year. The Experts noted "the significant progress made to date" and awarded the accolade of "best practices" to the actions undertaken, which place Italy out in the forefront in the field of response to natural disasters.

Seminar on the Neglected Tropical Diseases to be held in Rome on 23 November

A child in an African Hospital

19/11/2009  The neglected tropical diseases cause over half a million deaths in the poor countries every year, and the death rate is constantly rising. The seminar, which is being held as part of the Health Experts Group programme under the Italian G8 Presidency, provides an opportunity to discuss and explore in depth the solutions that might be adopted.

Rome/Lyon Group on Combating Terrorism and Crime Meets in Palermo

Judge Giovanni Falcone, killed by the Mafia in 1992

18/11/2009  A meeting of functionaries working on coordination among G8 member countries in the struggle against terrorist subversion and organised crime focused on the implementation of the UN Convention on transnational organised crime thrashed out in Palermo 10 years ago, inspired by the figure of Judge Giovanni Falcone.

FAO: World Food Safety Summit Opens in Rome

Jacques Diouf, Director-general of the Fao

16/11/2009  Over one billion people are suffering from starvation or from malnutrition. This situation is aggravated by insufficient investment in agriculture and by the economic crisis. World leaders, meeting in Rome from 16 through to 18 November, will be debating how to build a world food safety governance system consistent with the pledges made during the G8 Summit in L'Aquila.

Immigrants’ Remittances: a web site for choosing the cheapest channel

Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Franco Frattini, during the Conference

09/11/2009  The International Conference on Remittances held in Rome featured the presentation of website www.mandaisoldiacasa.it, the point of reference for all migrants wanting to send money back to their home countries. The site enables them to compare the transaction times and costs of the banks that provide money transfer services.

G8: Italian Presidency Launches Three Initiatives in Favour of Nuclear Non-Proliferation

Nuclear Radiations Symbol

05/11/2009  A strengthening of International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA's powers of inspection, a moratorium on nuclear tests and a stop to the manufacture of fissile material for nuclear weapons. These are the three action guidelines pursued by Italian diplomacy while the country holds the G8 Presidency. They were illustrated by the deputy director general of the Foreign Ministry's Multilateral Political Cooperation Department.

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