9 July 2008
At the close of the 2008 G8 Summit today, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the leaders of eight of the world’s leading economic powers had made substantive progress on several critical economic, political and environmental issues facing the world, including what the Prime Minister termed a "breakthrough" agreement on the urgent challenge of global warming.
"There is a new consensus on climate change," said Prime Minister Harper. "The United States and Russia have joined with us this year and now all G8 countries agree on the goal of a 50 percent reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Moreover, G8 leaders have also accepted our longstanding argument that the post-2012 global climate change framework must include all major emitters."
G8 leaders also participated in the Major Economies Meeting which allowed for a constructive discussion between major developed and developing economies that will help lay the groundwork for a post-2012 global framework on climate change.
Following animated discussions, including a forceful intervention by the Prime Minister, the G8 leaders also issued a strong statement criticizing the Government of Zimbabwe for subverting democracy and ignoring the will the Zimbabwean people. "We have added the G8’s powerful voice to the global condemnation of the fraudulent election and the illegitimacy of the Mugabe regime," Prime Minister Harper said.
In a further display of solidarity following discussions about the mission in Afghanistan, G8 leaders endorsed the Prime Minister’s call for the international community to "redouble our efforts to build competent, effective, credible Afghan governance and security institutions, and to deal with the problems of the Afghan-Pakistan border."
The Toyako Summit addressed many other important global issues, including aid for Africa, energy security and food aid. "Canada can and is making major contributions in all these areas," Prime Minister Harper said, "including the doubling of Canada’s overall international aid between 2001 and 2010, and the doubling of our aid to Africa to $2.1 billion in 2008-2009."