Friday, 8 June 2007

G8 Summit - Heiligendamm, Germany

Today see's the final day of the G8 summit in Germany. The G8 is an international forum to deal with global issues, such as climate change and the campaign to reduce world poverty. BBC G8 information page.

The G8 involves 8 member countries; Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Japan, the USA, Canada and Russia. The Head of Governement from each country attends the summit to discuss a range of issues.

Of major importance this week has been the issue of climate change. An aim has been set this week to reduce CO2 emissions by 50% by 2050. Clearly this target needs to be kept to as the worlds climate continues to rise, threatening our planet.
BBC G8 climate change report.

Also on the agenda has been the issue of Aids. The G8 leaders have pledged $60 billion to fight Aids in Africa. It is thought that the USA will pledge half of the money. Leaders from 6 African counries will attend the G8 summit today to discuss the pledge and to talk about issues such as fairtrade.
Click here to view the BBC report in to the Africa Aids pledge.

G8 website