In cooperation with the G7 Research Group and G20 Research Group


40 Years of Summits:
addressing global challenges

Supported by Bayer CropScience

Across four decades, the leaders of the major industrial democracies to have gathered each year to deal with the important economic and political issues facing both their domestic societies and the international community as a whole — making commitments, setting policy and influencing the international response to pressing global problems.

This publication looks back over an eventful 40 years — from the first G6 meeting in France, the subsequent expansion to seven and then eight participants at the end of the Cold War, to the current return to G7 summits. This informative chronicle of the summits considers the background to the annual discussions, with a timeline that highlights many of the key moments and recalls the personalities involved.

As the current G7 leaders gather at Schloss Elmau for their latest meeting, with the ongoing issues of generating sustainable global growth and development at the heart of their agenda, the summit process continues to provide the opportunity for heads of state and government to address these challenges collectively and to bring about global change.

Sir Nicholas Bayne KCMG

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Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization

Bringing power to Africa through partnerships

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Resource efficiency: an imperative for a sustainable world

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Collaboration will strengthen global financial stability

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Accountability: a powerful deterrent

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Smallholders: a big opportunity

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A framework for zero hunger

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The changing dynamic of German-African relations

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The all-of-society approach to fighting preventable diseases

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Action against money laundering and terrorist finance

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Decent work: essential for growth

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The civil society contribution

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Wealth from women in the workforce

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Closing the gaps to end AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria

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Clean and reliable water for all

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The danger of feeling safe

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Making trade facilitation work

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Financing the transition to a green global economy

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