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38th G8 summit
|Core G8 members|
Host nation and leader are indicated in bold text.
|Canada||Stephen Harper||Prime Minister|
|Italy||Mario Monti||Prime Minister|
|Japan||Yoshihiko Noda||Prime Minister|
|Russia||Dmitry Medvedev||Prime Minister|
|United Kingdom||David Cameron||Prime Minister|
|United States||Barack Obama||President|
|European Commission||Jose Manuel Barroso||President|
|European Council||Herman Van Rompuy||President|
A number of national leaders are traditionally invited to attend the summit. They are asked to participate in some, but not all, G8 summit activities. The leaders of four African nations were invited by the US president:
The G8 leaders talked about making progress towards food security in Africa.
Others were invited, including:
Schedule and Agenda
The summit is intended as a venue for resolving differences among the G8 members.
Traditionally, the host country of the G8 summit sets the agenda.
Discussions at the 38th G8 summit included some issues from previous summits.
The G8 discussions included a range of topics, including
- Changes taking place across the Middle East and North Africa
- Climate change
- Food security
- Greece in the euro zone
- Iran’s nuclear energy plans
Protesters and demonstrations
Planners anticipated protest groups and other activists.
When the venue for the summit was changed from Chicago, a White House spokesman said security and the possibility of protests were not factors in the decision. Some protest groups took credit for the change of venue.
For some, the G8 summit was a profit-generating event; as for example, the G8 Summit magazines which have been published since 1998.
Local businesses near Camp David are expecting more people in the area and profits because of the summit.
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37th G8 summit
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39th G8 summit