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G7/G8 Summits Chaired by Italy


 G7/G8 Summits Chaired by Italy

 G7/G8 Summits Chaired by Italy

 22 – 23 June 1980 in Venice (G7)

Prime Minister: Francesco Cossiga

The agenda of the first Italian Summit, held in 1980, focused primarily on economic issues: containing inflation, monetary policy, trade and the energy issue. Discussions also addressed relations with developing countries, refugees and security. Furthermore, the Iran hostage crisis and international terrorism gave rise to two distinct Statements:  one on the Taking of Diplomatic Hostages and the other on Hijacking.  Lastly, G7 members approved a communiqué  condemning the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. 

8 - 10 June 1987 in Venice (G7)

Prime Minister: Amintore Fanfani

At the Venice Summit in 1987, the agenda was broadened to include, in addition to the traditional economic issues, topics such as the AIDS pandemic, countering the proliferation of drugs, East-West relations, the Iran-Iraq War and   international terrorism.

8 - 10 July 1994 in Naples (G7)

Prime Minister: Silvio Berlusconi

The third Italian Summit was held in Naples in 1994 and was attended for the first time by the Russian Federation with Russian president Boris Yeltsin invited as a guest observer. The topics addressed were primarily economic issues such as employment, growth, trade and development. Other topics discussed included issues pertaining to the environment, nuclear safety, the democratic transitions of former Soviet bloc countries, cooperation against transnational crime and  anti-money laundering measures.     

20 - 22 July 2001 in Genoa (G8)

Prime Minister: Silvio Berlusconi

The Genoa Summit, in 2001, was the first to be held in the G8 format. The Summit was marred by violent events and clashes between protestors and security forces. On the second day, the leaders issued a joint declaration to express their deep regret for the loss of life of a young protestor during the riots and to strongly condemn the violence that had taken place. The issues outlined in the final statement addressed debt and poverty reduction in developing countries, regional security, digital opportunities, environment, food security, employment, combating transnational organised crime and illicit drug-trafficking.  On the occasion of the Genoa Summit, the G8 launched the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (          

8 - 10 July 2009 in Aquila (G8)

Prime Minister: Silvio Berlusconi

Issues at the heart of the fifth Italian Summit were the international economic crisis and various regional crises, food security,  fighting climate change and liberalisation of world trade. The outreach at the L’Aquila Summit included: the G5 (Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa); Egypt, Australia, Indonesia, and South Korea representing the Major Economies Forum (MEF); several African countries and six International Organisations. The L’Aquila Food Security Initiative (AFSI) was launched at this Summit.

26 – 27 May 2017 in Taormina (G7)

Prime Minister: Paolo Gentiloni

On the occasion of the sixth Summit hosted by Italy, the issues discussed by the Leaders focused on the most significant themes of the global agenda, such as: fight against terrorism, economic growth and reduction of inequalities, international trade, climate change, human mobility, food security, gender issues and innovation, skills and labor in the age of the New Production Revolution. The traditional outreach session was dedicated to Africa, with Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria and Tunisia leaders taking part, along with the heads of the African Union and of the most important International Organizations.

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