Who will take part?
On 7 July The G8 will meet with the five Heads of State and Government, invited by the Prime Minister (India, China, Mexico, Brazil and South Africa) to discuss the global economy and climate change. They will also be joined by the Secretary General of the United Nations and the heads of the WTO, the IEA (the International Energy Agency) the President of the World Bank and the Managing Director of the IMF (International Monetary Fund).
On 8 July the G8 leaders will meet with the African leaders who have been invited to the Summit (South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ghana, Senegal and Algeria) to discuss Africa. The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, the Secretary General of the United Nations and the heads of the IMF and the World Bank will also be present.
In addition, Jim Wolfensohn (the Quartet’s envoy for disengagement from Gaza) will brief G8 heads on 7 July.
How many people will be involved?
There will be some 250 people staying at the hotel during the Summit. In addition there will be security personnel, extra delegation members and possibly some 2,500 media accommodated in the region.
Will NGOs and charities be involved?
There will be an extensive programme of dialogue with groups like these – ‘civil society’ - during the Presidency, and in part in the run up to the Summit.
How many media will be involved?
Based on past experience, it’s possible that up to 2500 media personnel will attend.
Where will the Media Centre be?
Planning is still at an early stage. But the media centre will be as near as possible to the venue consistent with the security needs of the Summit.
How did the idea come about for the logo?
The logo design for the G8 Presidency is based on the thistle, a traditional Scottish emblem, but in a clear, modern way. Britain has many strong design companies and the G8 presidency is an opportunity to promote their work.
Who selected the design?
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office put the opportunity to design the logo out to tender. The Prime Minister made the final decision.