Can someone who knows about these things explain the point of the G8 Summit? Why do these leaders insist on meeting so they can attract anarchists and protestors?
What DO these Summits achieve? Do these protests even have an effect on the G8 Summit discussions? Are any of the leaders saying: “I’d like more logging but I’m worried the protesters won’t like it?” Do these leaders even SEE the protests except on TV? Do the protests actually CHANGE the outcomes at all? ARE there outcomes?
NO? Then WHY hold a G8 Summit? Heck, why PROTEST…?
I’ve watched these meetings around the globe and the only thing I remember from them is violence: Burning cars – and police looking scary in riot gear!
Has a G8 Summit ever produced any major course of action? For instance, did these leaders ever issue a communiqué saying they have chosen ONE currency that all G8 countries will now use? OR that any national of a G8 country can run for President in any G8 country? Now that would be Summit-worthy!
I don’t need four days of protests so you can tell me forests are being denuded! Make it BIG! Crown George Bush emperor of the G8. Now we’re talking Summit-lese!
According to Wikipedia: Each calendar year, the responsibility of hosting the G8 rotates through the member states in the following order: France, United States, United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, Japan, Italy, and Canada.
The holder of the presidency sets the agenda, hosts the summit for that year, and determines which ministerial meetings will take place. Lately, France and the United Kingdom have expressed a desire to expand the group to include five developing countries, referred to as the Outreach Five (O5) or the Plus Five.
These countries: Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa…have participated as guests in previous meetings, which are sometimes called G8+5.
• In 1997 (Denver/Colorado) Summit leaders agreed “on the need for appropriate domestic measures and close international cooperation to prohibit the use of somatic cell nuclear transfer to create a child”.
• In 2005 (Gleneagles/Scotland) leaders agreed to write off some 40 billion in third world debt. America refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol aimed at tackling Global Warming.
• In 2008 (Tokyo/Japan) G8 leaders agreed on the need for the world to cut carbon emissions blamed for global warming by at least 50 percent by 2050, urge nations with sufficient food stocks to release some of their reserves to help others cope with soaring prices urged the Iranian government to end its uranium enrichment program in line with UN Security Council resolutions.
• In 2010 (Ontario/Canada) leaders looked at the global Recession, European Debt and proposed a tax on banking institutions which could be used to bail out banks that failed.
Maybe they did BETTER in Chicago. So what did we get out of Chicago…?
–Germany did not budge on its austerity hard-line.
–Protestors force the G8 Summit from Chicago to Camp David.
–Mrs. Obama visited the south side of Chicago.
–Marchers head toward McCormick Place (must be somewhere in Chicago).
–President Obama could not go home to spend the night at his house.
–Thousands gather in Grant Park … (another place in Chicago?)
–The G8 made another commitment to end world hunger.*
–Police, protesters clash after NATO rally.
–G8 leaders back calls by France’s new president Francois Hollande for more economic stimulus in Europe.
–Peaceful march on the headquarters of U.S. defense contractor Boeing in Chicago.
—British Prime Minister David Cameron says G8 summit helped crystallize the thinking of Euro Zone members. That’s clear…
(* The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition – a partnership between G8 nations, African countries, and private sector leaders. The partnership is promising to raise 50 million people out of poverty over the next ten years by investing in agriculture and nutrition.)
I missed the other earth-shattering pronouncements.
The eight countries making up the G8 have about 14% of the world’s population AND about 60% of the world’s Gross domestic Product.
Which causes me to ask: “How is it that James Bond can find an isolated island, an underground bunker, a secluded mountain hideaway and the G8, with ALL their resources, cannot?”
Go somewhere where protestors can’t find you and have your couple days vacation away from your high-stress offices in peaceful seclusion…
Why go through the expense of riots and police overtime and the resulting destruction of property year after year?
I hope these two words: Conference Call is taken seriously by the G8. Otherwise friend those Bond villains on Facebook, ’cause they sure know how to be inaccessible!
I hope Boston is NOT planning on hosting a G8 Summit – ever.
By the way, the G8 might soon be the G20. The Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors from the world’s 20 major economies now account for more than 80 percent of the global Gross National Product (GNP), 80 percent of world trade and two-thirds of the world’s population.
The best thing I can say is: “Welcome new countries. Let YOUR newly emerging cities get trashed for a change. By the time 20 countries get their turn and Boston becomes a likely candidate in 2032, I’ll probably be dead – or hopefully, able by then to afford to leave town for that weekend!”
List of G20 Nations:
2. European Union
3. Saudi Arabia
7. South Korea
8. United States
10. South Africa
Hello Sydney – here comes trouble!