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The Group of Eight (G-8) consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States (who make up the original G-7 which comprised the group at its formation in 1985) and Russia, offically added in 1998.

The G-8 is a "talk shop" which exists for the sole purpose of bringing some of the most powerful nations in the world together for an annual summit.



  • 2001 G8 Final Communiqué
  • Reply from World Development Movement (PDF) "Ultimately these summits must be judged by the benefits they deliver to the world's poor. The result this year has been an anti-poor trade plan, nothing on debt and a feeble fund."

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