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G8 summit agreements - excerpts
Excerpts from the summary of agreements published by Germany on behalf of G8 leaders after their summit in Heiligendamm.

GROWTH AND RESPONSIBILITY IN THE WORLD ECONOMY

The G8 benefit considerably from cross-border investment, as do emerging economies. We agreed to work together in the Heiligendamm Process to foster open and more favourable investment conditions in our respective countries.

Open markets need social inclusion. We therefore agreed on the active promotion of social standards, of corporate social responsibility, and on the need to strengthen social security systems in emerging economies and developing countries.

CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND ENERGY SECURITY

Combating climate change is one of the major challenges for mankind and it has the potential to seriously damage our natural environment and the global economy.

In setting a global goal for emissions reductions in the process we have agreed in Heiligendamm involving all major emitters, we will consider seriously the decisions made by the European Union, Canada and Japan which include at least a halving of global emissions by 2050.

We have agreed that the UN climate process is the appropriate forum for negotiating future global action on climate change. We are committed to moving forward in that forum and call on all parties to actively and constructively participate in the UN Climate Change Conference in Indonesia in December 2007 with a view to achieving a comprehensive post 2012-agreement (post Kyoto-agreement) that should include all major emitters.

TRADE

We stressed the need for achieving an ambitious, balanced and comprehensive agreement on the Doha Development Agenda (DDA), which will enhance worldwide trade among and between developed and developing countries and reinforce multilateral trade rules.

GROWTH AND RESPONSIBILITY IN AFRICA

Together with our African partners, we agreed on the aims and core principles of our partnership to achieve our common goal of promoting African development.

We stressed the importance of private sector growth, including deepening financial markets, improving governance, and enabling trade. We jointly confirmed the commitments made in Gleneagles, in particular with regard to development financing. Debt relief, innovative finance initiatives as well as private sector engagements will contribute to fulfil these commitments.

Peace and Security

We discussed with our African partners questions relating to long-term peace-building and the prevention of violent conflicts.

We affirmed that military solutions alone cannot secure peace in the long term. Instead, the political, economic and social conditions needed for promoting human security and stability would have to be aimed for.

Economic growth and investment

To support African partners in facilitating investment, the G8 welcomed on a variety of measures, including establishing a partnership for making finance work for Africa. We also decided to further promote market integration and cross-border infrastructure, inter alia through more coherent and co-ordinated support for capacity building for regional economic communities.

We reiterated our commitment to accelerate the delivery of universal primary education as key instrument for sustainable development in Africa.

Improving health systems, fighting HIV/Aids, TB, and Malaria

The G8 reaffirmed their commitment to continue to scale up their efforts towards the goal of universal access, the Millennium Development Goals for fighting HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis as well as strengthening of health systems by providing at least a projected $60bn over the coming years.

The G8 acknowledged the increasing feminization of the HIV/Aids pandemic and agreed to specifically focus activities on the needs of women and girls.

We will concretely work with all the relevant stakeholders... in order to deliver practical steps towards "universal access".

FOREIGN POLICY AND SECURITY ISSUES

Kosovo

While there continue to be different views on substance and on the way forward, we will remain engaged on the issue.

Darfur

We underline that there is no military solution to the conflict in Darfur and fully support the efforts of the special envoys of the UN and the AU [African Union] to restart negotiations with a view to reaching a political agreement.

Iran

We reiterate our profound concerns over the proliferation implications of the Iranian nuclear programme.

We urge Iran to engage on the proposals put forward in June 2006 on behalf of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and reiterate that we remain committed to a negotiated solution.

Should Iran continue not to heed the call of the Security Council, we shall support further appropriate measures as agreed in UNSCR 1747.

We also call on Iran to play a more responsible and constructive role in the Middle East region and condemn the threats towards Israel by the Iranian government and the repeated denial of the Holocaust by representatives of the Iranian government.

Middle East Peace Process

We call for an immediate end to violence against Israel, especially the continued firing of Qassam rockets into southern Israel, and for the immediate release of the abducted Israeli soldier and urge all Palestinian factions to end internal violence and to respect the ceasefire.

We call on Israel to show restraint in responding to these attacks and to refrain from all activities which are not in accordance with international law.

We reiterate our concern over the severe economic and humanitarian situation in the Palestinian Territories and call on Israel to resume the transfer of the withheld Palestinian tax and customs revenues.

We also call for the release of elected members of the Palestinian government and legislature by Israel.

Lebanon

We fully support the legitimate and democratic government of Lebanon.

Noting the decision by UNSCR 1757 regarding the timely establishment of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, we urge all states to fully cooperate with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in accordance with UNSCR 1757 (2007).

We strongly condemn the terrorist attacks that led to the recent outbreak of violence.

Iraq

We once again condemn in the strongest terms all acts of terrorism and politically motivated or sectarian violence.

We welcome the launching of the International Compact with Iraq and the meeting of neighbouring countries on 3-4 May 2007 in Sharm El-Sheikh as important steps towards the goal of national reconciliation and a long-term process of regional confidence building.

North Korea

We urge North Korea to return to full compliance with its obligations under the NPT [Non-Proliferation Treaty] and, in accordance with the Joint Statement of 19 September 2005 and UNSC-Resolutions 1695 and 1718, to abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programmes as well as ballistic missile programmes.

We fully support the six-party talks and swift implementation of the initial actions agreed on 13 February 2007 as a first step towards full implementation of the Joint Statement of 19 September 2005 in good faith.




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