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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 <>.

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 <>. 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.



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