Modernizing the G8 Summit Process

This project is based on the premise that emerging countries must be full participants in key agenda-setting bodies if international governance mechanisms are to be realistic and relevant. The project brings together leaders, senior advisors, experts, researchers and opinion leaders to debate policy options. Commissioned papers by recognized experts are presented to gatherings of prominent actors. The focus is on developing solutions through international cooperative effort. The project is expected to result in progress on the climate change deadlock, acceptance of the summit enlargement idea (to include Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and South Africa), and a global network of research institutions engaged in dialogue on policy proposals with the government officials who prepare Leaders' Summits. The results will be ready in time for Canada's hosting of the G8Summit in 2010. The overall objective is a more inclusive, well prepared Summit process.

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Start Date

Thursday, May 1, 2008

End Date

Monday, February 1, 2010


21 months

IDRC Officer

Medhora, Rohinton

Total funding

CA$ 533,000


Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Canada

Project Leader

Barry Carin


University of Victoria

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