38th G8 summit facts for kids
The Camp David summit of the Group of Eight (G8) was the 38th meeting in a series which began in 1976.
Previous G8 summits have been hosted by the United States at San Juan, Puerto Rico (1976); Williamsburg, Virginia (1983); Houston, Texas, Denver, Colorado (1997) and Sea Island, Georgia.
The G8 and the summit are part of a consultation process. The G8 is not an international organization. It is an informal group.
|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:
- African Union Yayi Boni, Chairperson
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.
- University of Toronto: G8 Information Centre
- US Dept. of State, G8 Summit 2012; Media Resources
- Tourism Council of Frederick County Maryland, Camp David summit
- Parliament.uk, Graphic shows G8 in context
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