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G8 members usually keep their promises, but not always

May 25, 2011

TORONTO, ON – According to the “2010 Muskoka G8 Summit Final Compliance Report,” just published by the G8 Research Group at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, show that the G8 as a whole lives up to its priority promises about 73% of the time. Canada and Russia are in the lead, with the United States in second place. Germany and the United Kingdom are in third place, followed by France and the European Union in fourth place, and then Japan and Italy.

The report assesses the progress made by the G8 on 18 selected promises the leaders made at the 2010 Muskoka Summit hosted by Canada last June.

On the Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Canada and Germany are the only countries that have made significant contributions to date. The G8 will need to more than quintuple its funding by the end of 2011 in order to meet this key summit target from a year ago.

The G8 is doing well in meeting its commitments on official development assistance, regional security issues such as Afghanistan and civilian security systems, non-proliferation and terrorism. But it is doing less well on climate change and trade.

The full “2010 Muskoka G8 Summit Final Compliance Report” is available for download at the G8 Information Centre website at <http://www.g8.utoronto.ca>.

The G8 Research Group also proudly announces the publication of “The 2011 G8 Deauville Summit: New World, New Ideas,” with contributions by Nicolas Sarkozy, Stephen Harper, Angela Merkel, Felipe Calderón and Jacob Zuma, as well as many other leaders and experts. The electronic version is available at <http://www.g8.utoronto.ca/newsdesk>. Printed copies are available at no charge. It is also available at the International Media Centre at Deauville, where the G8 Research Group has a team of experts and analysts.

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For more information, please contact:
Madeline Koch
Managing Director
G8 Research Group
G20 Research Group
T: +1 416 588 3833 or +44 77 00 07 58 33
AT THE MEDIA CENTRE AT DEAUVILLE: +33 2 31 49 43 91 OR 93 mad.koch@utoronto.ca
http://www.g8.utoronto.ca