13th G7 summit

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13th G7 summit
San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice
Host country Italy
Dates June 8–10, 1987
Follows 12th G7 summit
Precedes 14th G7 summit

The 13th G7 Summit was held in Venice, Italy between June 8 and 10, 1987. The venue for the summit meetings was the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in the Venetian lagoon.[1]

The Group of Seven (G7) was an unofficial forum which brought together the heads of the richest industrialized countries: France, West Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada (since 1976)[2] and the President of the European Commission (starting officially in 1981).[3] The summits were not meant to be linked formally with wider international institutions; and in fact, a mild rebellion against the stiff formality of other international meetings was a part of the genesis of cooperation between France's President Giscard d'Estaing and West Germany's Chancellor Helmut Schmidt as they conceived the first Group of Six (G6) summit in 1975.[4]

Leaders at the Summit[edit]

The G7 is an unofficial annual forum for the leaders of Canada, the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.[3]

Core G7 participants[edit]

These summit participants are the current "core members" of the international forum:[5]

Core G7 members
Host nation and leader are indicated in bold text.
Member Represented by Title
Canada Canada Brian Mulroney [1] Prime Minister
France France François Mitterrand [1] President
Germany West Germany Helmut Kohl [1] Chancellor
Italy Italy Amintore Fanfani [1] Prime Minister
Japan Japan Yasuhiro Nakasone [1] Prime Minister
United Kingdom United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher [1] Prime Minister
United States United States Ronald Reagan [1] President
European Union European Commission Jacques Delors [6] President
European Council Wilfried Martens [6] President

Issues[edit]

The summit was intended as a venue for resolving differences among its members. As a practical matter, the summit was also conceived as an opportunity for its members to give each other mutual encouragement in the face of difficult economic decisions.[4]

Gallery[edit]

Accomplishments[edit]

In 1987, the summit leaders "underlined" their "responsibility" for what happens to the world's forests, but there is little evidence of follow-up action.[7]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Japan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA): Summit Meetings in the Past.
  2. ^ Saunders, Doug. "Weight of the world too heavy for G8 shoulders," Globe and Mail (Toronto). July 5, 2008 -- n.b., the G7 becomes the Group of Eight (G7) with the inclusion of Russia starting in 1997.
  3. ^ a b Reuters: "Factbox: The Group of Eight: what is it?", July 3, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Reinalda, Bob and Bertjan Verbeek. (1998). Autonomous Policy Making by International Organizations, p. 205.
  5. ^ Rieffel, Lex. "Regional Voices in Global Governance: Looking to 2010 (Part IV)," Brookings. March 27, 2009; "core" members (Muskoka 2010 G-8, official site).
  6. ^ a b MOFA: Summit (13); European Union: "EU and the G8"
  7. ^ Sadruddin, Aga Khan. "It's Time to Save the Forests," New York Times. July 19, 2000.

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