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                                                                f               ROM THE CHOICE TO DELAY
                                                                                  major decisions on the world
                                                                                  economy to the larger G20
                                                                                  forum in September, to the
                                                                                  close participation of non-G8
                                                                                  members in climate change
                                                                and food security initiatives, it is clear the
                                                                efforts of eight developed countries are no
                                                                longer enough to address global concerns.
                                                                This is a question with which the group
                                                                has been wrestling for years. The G8 is an
                                                                informal, self-appointed body; thus, all that
                                                                is required to expand its membership is the
                                                                consent of existing members.
                                                                    And, it is with expansion that the future of
                                                                summitry lies. The main topics discussed at the
                                                                G8 cannot be brought to any meaningful
                                                                conclusion without the involvement of the G5:
                                                                Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa.
                                                                At least two of those – China and Brazil – are
                                                                bigger than some in the G8.
                                                                    Although Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
                                                                Harper, who will host next year’s gathering
                                                                in Muskoka, acknowledged at the Italian
                                                                L’Aquila summit that the G8 is not
                                                                representative of global political and economic
                                                                clout, he appealed to their shared values of
                                                                democrac
				
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Description: BACKUP The first official attempt to reform the informal institution was launched at the 2007 Heiligendamm summit, when the G8 recognised what is now the G5 as the Outreach Five and committed themselves, through the Heiligendamm Process, to a dialogue with these important emerging partners. [...] the involvement of the five has grown exponentially - and in L'Aquila, the G8 and the G5 issued a joint declaration for the first time, outlining common positions on trade and finance.
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