Published on Hindustan Times, Indo-Asian News Service, June 6, 2007.
Leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations will start their annual three-day summit, on the theme of ‘Growth and Responsibility’, in this German Baltic resort on Wednesday.
Climate protection, African development, global economy and the Doha Round of the World Trade Organization are expected to dominate the agenda.
The G8 leaders will also have outreach sessions on Friday with participants from Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa, and with African countries, including Algeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal.
Chairman of the Commission of the African Union, Alpha Oumar Konare, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend the Africa outreach.
The following are some major facts about the summit: … (full text).