In cooperation with the G7 Research Group and G20 Research Group

AkzoNobel

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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