THEWORLDTODAY.ORG AUG-SEPT 2009
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