31st G8 summit

2005 meeting of the G8 countries in Auchterarder, Scotland

The 31st G8 summit took place from 6 to 8 July 2005 at the Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder, Scotland and hosted by Prime Minister Tony Blair. The locations of previous G8 summits to have been hosted by the UK include: London (1977, 1984, 1991); and Birmingham (1998). It is the first G8 summit to be held in Scotland.[1] A sixth UK summit was held in Lough Erne in 2013;[2] and a seventh UK summit was held in Carbis Bay in 2021.[3]

31st G8 summit
Host countryUnited Kingdom (Scotland)
Date6–8 July 2005
Follows30th G8 summit
Precedes32nd G8 summit

Leaders who went there change

The G8 is an unofficial yearly meetup for the leaders of Canada, the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.[4]

The 31st G8 summit was the last summit for Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

Participants change

Core G8 members
Host state and leader are shown in bold text.
Member Represented by Title
  Canada Paul Martin Prime Minister
  France Jacques Chirac President
  Germany Gerhard Schröder Chancellor
  Italy Silvio Berlusconi Prime Minister
  Japan Junichiro Koizumi Prime Minister
  Russia Vladimir Putin President
  United Kingdom Tony Blair Prime Minister
  United States George W. Bush President
  European Union José Manuel Barroso Commission President
Tony Blair Council President
Invited guests (countries)
Member Represented by Title
  Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva President
  China Hu Jintao President
  Ethiopia Meles Zenawi Prime Minister
  India Manmohan Singh Prime Minister
  Mexico Vicente Fox President
  South Africa Thabo Mbeki President
Invited guests (international organisations)
Member Represented by Title
  United Nations Kofi Annan Secretary-General
  World Bank Paul Wolfowitz President

Issues change

The summit was meant to be a place for fixing problems among its members. It was also seen as an opportunity for members to give each other encouragement in the face of hard economic decisions. The United Kingdom aimed to stop the problem of conflict among the G8 nations.[5]

References change

  1. "Poverty, protests and policing: All eyes were on Gleneagles at 2005 G8 Summit". The Courier. 10 June 2021. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  2. "What Makes Fermanagh an Attractive G8 Location". BBC News. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  3. "47th G7 Summit kicks-off; here's what to expect". CNBC-TV18. 11 June 2021. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  4. "FACTBOX: The Group of Eight: what is it?". Reuters. 3 July 2008. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  5. Bayne, Nicholas. (2005) Staying Together: the G8 Summit Confronts the 21st Century, p. 232., p. 232, at Google Books