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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