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Camp David, Maryland, United States
May 18-19, 2012
1 . We, the Leaders of the Group of Eight, met at Camp David on May 18 and 19, 2012 to address major global economic and political challenges.
The Global Economy
2 . Our imperative is to promote growth and jobs.
3 . The global economic recovery shows signs of promise, but significant headwinds persist.
Office of the Spokesperson
April 12, 2012
Following is the text of the G8 Foreign Ministers Meeting Chair's Statement:
For over thirty years, leaders of the Group
of Eight (G8) have met annually to discuss and take bold, definitive action
to address some of the world's most pressing economic, security, environmental
and development challenges.
Assessing progress in implementing those commitments is central to keeping the G8 on track and demonstrates its ongoing commitment to transparency and the accountability process. The Muskoka Accountability Report reflects the desire of Leaders to provide a candid assessment on what the G8 has done.
- Les ministres du G8 et les hauts fonctionnaires responsables de la coopération en matière de développement se sont réunis à Halifax les 27 et 28 avril 2010 pour jeter les bases du cadre des discussions sur le développement en vue du Sommet des leaders du G8 qui aura lieu à Muskoka en juin 2010. Le ministre de la Santé du Mali, ainsi que des représentants de l'Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques (OCDE), de l'Organisation des Nations Unies (ONU) et ses agences et de la Banque mondiale ont également pris part à la réunion.
- G8 Ministers and senior officials responsible
for development cooperation met in Halifax on April 27 and 28, 2010 to
lay the foundations on development issues for the G8 Muskoka Leaders' Summit
in June 2010. The Minister of Health of Mali, as well as senior representatives
from the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD),
the United Nations and its agencies and the World Bank also participated
in the meeting - all of whose contributions enriched the discussions.
Concerned by the growing scarcity of water resources and by the dramatic lack of sustainable access to water and sanitation in many African countries, which we consider major impediments to sustainable development, wealth creation and the eradication of poverty,
Aware of the fact that while much of the world is on track to meet the internationally agreed goals on water and sanitation, many countries in Africa are not,
Convinced that meeting these goals will be an important step forward in the fight against poverty in Africa and would also represent a crucial factor in promoting human …
- We, Heads of State, Government and International and Regional Organizations convened in L'Aquila, remain deeply concerned about global food security, the impact of the global financial and economic crisis and last year's spike in food prices on the countries least able to respond to increased hunger and poverty. While the prices of food commodities have decreased since their peak of 2008, they remain high in historical terms and volatile.
At the 2008 Hokkaido Toyako Summit, the G8 placed accountability firmly on its agenda by releasing the first reports on the implementation of past commitments and by requesting additional reports for the future. In view of the L'Aquila Summit, to improve transparency and effectiveness, G8 countries decided to strengthen their accountability with respect to G8 individual and collective commitments, starting from development and development-related goals.
G8 Development Ministers and senior officials, including from the EU Presidency and the European Commission, met in Rome on June 11 and 12, 2009, together with representatives from Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa and Egypt, from the Presidency and the Commission of the African Union, from the Presidency and the Steering Committee of NEPAD, from the OECD, the UN, the FAO, the IFAD, the WFP, the WHO, the World Bank, CGIAR-Bioversity and the African Development Bank.
Agriculture and food security at the core of the international agenda
The G8 Leaders Statement on Global Food Security, adopted at Hokkaido Toyako (Japan) Summit from 7 to 9 July 2008, acknowledged the negative implications of the food crisis on the living conditions of millions people in several areas across the world, recognized the need for short, mid and long-term measures to tackle the issue of food insecurity and poverty and asked Ministers of Agriculture to develop sound and shared proposals on food security, to prevent future crises linked to prices of agricultural primary …
- We are deeply concerned that the steep
rise in global food prices coupled with availability problems in a number
of developing countries is threatening global food security. The negative
impacts of this recent trend could push millions more back into poverty,
rolling back progress made towards achieving the Millennium Development
Goals. We have taken additional steps to assist those suffering from food
insecurity or hunger, and today renew our commitment to address this multifaceted
and structural crisis.