Wednesday, July 08, 2009

G8 Summit Begins in Italy

The Group of Eight (G8) summit began today in the earthquake-damaged city of L'Aquila, Italy. Representatives from member countries Canada, Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States--as well as the European Union--met to discuss the global economy, international trade, climate change, assistance to developing countries, food safety, water access, world health, and international politics. See the official site of the 2009 summit for an agenda of events, summaries of the main issues to be discussed, and a survey seeking public comment on the role of the G8 and governance.

This article in the Washington Post explains that the G8 summit venue was moved from the luxury Italian resort of La Maddalena, Italy, to draw attention to reconstruction efforts in L'Aquila, which was hit by a major earthquake in April. For more details about the G8, take a look at the comprehensive G8 Information Centre created by the G8 Research Group at the University of Toronto.

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