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International speakers discuss the Deauville Summit

May 20, 2011

TORONTO, ON – On 23–24 May, on the eve of the 2011 G8 Sum­mit, “New World, New Ideas: Con­tri­bu­tions from Schol­ars and Civ­il Soci­ety” will bring inter­na­tion­al speak­ers to Paris to dis­cuss the issues fac­ing the G8 lead­ers a few days lat­er.

The con­fer­ence is orga­nized by the G8 Research Group and the Digital20 Project at the Munk School of Glob­al Affairs at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, the Strat­ford Insti­tute, with INSEAD, the Pôle de Recherche et d’Enseignement Supérieur (PRES) Sor­bonne Uni­ver­sités and The Stan­ley Foun­da­tion.

The objec­tive is to engage a dia­logue with the author­i­ties of the host coun­try, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of civ­il soci­ety and aca­d­e­mics on the pri­or­i­ties iden­ti­fied by French pres­i­dent Nico­las Sarkozy for dis­cus­sion at the Deauville Sum­mit:

•        New com­mon chal­lenges: the inter­net and green growth
•        Peace and secu­ri­ty
•        The part­ner­ship with Africa

Look­ing ahead to France’s host­ing of the G20 sum­mit in Novem­ber, the con­fer­ence will also con­sid­er key finance and eco­nom­ic pri­or­i­ties for that sum­mit.

The con­fer­ence will open with a keynote address by Ambas­sador Lau­rent Sté­fani­ni, chef de pro­to­col, Secré­tari­at général de la prési­dence française du G20 et du G8. Speak­ers include

•        Olivi­er Gis­card d’Estaing, INSEAD, France
•        Hon­ourable William Gra­ham, for­mer min­is­ter of for­eign affairs, Cana­da
•        Sir Nicholas Bayne, Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics, Unit­ed King­dom
•        Jan­ice Gross Stein, Munk School of Glob­al Affairs, Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, Cana­da
•        Luk Van Wassen­hove, INSEAD, France
•        Lee Dong-hwi, Insti­tute of For­eign Affairs and Nation­al Secu­ri­ty, Korea
•        Bruce Jentle­son, Duke Uni­ver­si­ty, Unit­ed States
•        Nao­ki Tana­ka, Cen­tre for Inter­na­tion­al Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Stud­ies, Japan
•        Mari­na Lar­i­ono­va, Nation­al Research Uni­ver­si­ty High­er School of Eco­nom­ics, Rus­sia
•        Pao­la Sub­ac­chi, Chatham House, Unit­ed King­dom
•        John Kir­ton, G8 Research Group, Cana­da

It will be fol­lowed by a press con­fer­ence on 24 May at which the G8 Research Group will release the “2010 Musko­ka G8 Sum­mit Final Com­pli­ance Report.” The report mon­i­tors the per­for­mance of the G8 in meet­ing the com­mit­ments made at the 2010 Musko­ka Sum­mit. The G20 Research Group will release a sim­i­lar inter­im report on the G20 Seoul Sum­mit. Both reports will be avail­able online at the G8 Infor­ma­tion Cen­tre web­site at and the G20 Infor­ma­tion Cen­tre web­site at


For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact:

Made­line Koch
Man­ag­ing Direc­tor
G8 Research Group
G20 Research Group
T: +1 416 588 3833
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