G8 Genoa Communique

Sectors : Quality of aid, Debt relief, Economic governance and public finance management, Institutional development, Political governance, Industry, International trade: market access, subsidies and aid for trade, Agricultural and biotechnology, Food security, Climate change - general, Environmental degradation and natural resource management, Sustainable development, General health and health funding, Health systems, medicines and regulation, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB, Primary and basic education
Date made: 
2001

Commitments

Commitments in: Financing for Development - Quality of aid

“14. Official development assistance (ODA) is essential. We will work with developing countries to meet the International Development Goals, by strengthening and enhancing the effectiveness of our development assistance. We commit ourselves to implement the landmark OECD-DAC Recommendation on Untying Aid to LDCs which should increase aid effectiveness and achieve more balanced effort-sharing among donors.”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Financing for Development - Debt relief

"...we look to countries affected by conflict to turn away from violence. When they do, we confirm that we will strengthen our efforts to help them take the measures needed to receive debt relief.
9. Beyond debt relief, we focussed our discussion on three mutually reinforcing elements:
•greater participation by developing countries in the global trading system
•increased private investment
•initiatives to promote health, education and food security.”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Governance - Economic governance and public finance management

"...we shall help developing countries promote:
• accountability and transparency in the public sector
• legal frameworks and corporate governance regimes to fight corruption
• safeguards against the misappropriation of public funds and their diversion into non-productive uses
• access to legal systems for all citizens, independence of the judiciary, and legal provisions enabling private sector activity
• active involvement of civil society and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
• freedom of economic activities.

We, for our part, will:
• implement fully the OECD Bribery Convention
• support efforts in the UN to pursue an effective instrument against corruption
• encourage Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) to help recipient countries strengthen public expenditure and budget management."

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Private Sector development and financial services for the poor - Industry

“32. In the firm belief that economic performance and social inclusion are mutually dependent, we commit to implement policies in line with the recommendations of the G8 Labour Ministers Conference held in Torino last year.”
“32. In the firm belief that economic performance and social inclusion are mutually dependent, we commit to implement policies in line with the recommendations of the G8 Labour Ministers Conference held in Torino last year.”
“32. In the firm belief that economic performance and social inclusion are mutually dependent, we commit to implement policies in line with the recommendations of the G8 Labour Ministers Conference held in Torino last year.”
“32. In the firm belief that economic performance and social inclusion are mutually dependent, we commit to implement policies in line with the recommendations of the G8 Labour Ministers Conference held in Torino last year.”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Trade - International trade: market access, subsidies and aid for trade

“We confirm our pledge made at the UN LDC III Conference to work towards duty-free and quota-free access for all products originating in the least developed countries. We support efforts made by LDCs to enter the global trading system and to take advantage of opportunities for trade-based growth.
...we will better co-ordinate our trade related assistance to:
• provide bilateral assistance on technical standards, customs systems, legislation needed for World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership, the protection of intellectual property rights, and human resource development
• support the work of the Integrated Framework for Trade-Related Technical Assistance encourage the international financial institutions to help remove obstacles to trade and investment, and establish the institutions and policies essential for trade to flourish
• urge countries to mainstream trade expansion by including it in their poverty reduction strategies.”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Agriculture - Food security

“20. As the November 2001 "World Food Summit: Five Years Later" approaches, food security remains elusive...We shall endeavour to develop capacity in poor countries, integrating programmes into national strategies and increasing training in agricultural science. Every effort should be undertaken to enhance agricultural productivity...We are committed to study, share and facilitate the responsible use of biotechnology in addressing development needs.
21. We shall target the most food-insecure regions, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and continue to encourage South-South co-operation. We will support the crucial role international organisations and NGOs play in relief operations. We believe national poverty reduction and sectoral strategies should take due account of the nutritional needs of vulnerable groups, including new-borns and their mothers.”
ICT 8.4 (3) International
“22. ICT holds tremendous potential for helping developing countries accelerate growth, raise standards of living and meet other development priorities. We endorse the report of the Digital Opportunity Task Force (dot.force) and its Genoa Plan of Action that successfully fulfilled the Okinawa mandate. The direct participation of representatives from public, private and non-profit sectors, as well as that of developing countries' governments, presents a unique formula for ensuring that digital technologies meet development needs. We will continue to support the process and encourage all stakeholders to demonstrate ownership, to mobilise expertise and resources and to build on this successful co-operation. We will review the implementation of the Genoa Plan of Action at our next Summit on the basis of a report by the G8 Presidency.”

Scope: 
International

“...We shall strive to provide consumers with relevant information on the safety of food products, based on independent scientific advice, sound risk analysis and the latest research developments.”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Climate Change - Climate change - general

"23. We confirm our determination to find global solutions to threats endangering the planet...We are committed to providing strong leadership. Prompt, effective and sustainable action is needed, consistent with the ultimate objective of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change of stabilising greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere. We are determined to meet our national commitments and our obligations under the Convention through a variety of flexible means, drawing on the power of markets and technology...We shall promote co-operation between our countries and developing countries on technology transfer and capacity building.
24. We all firmly agree on the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While there is currently disagreement on the Kyoto Protocol and its ratification, we are committed to working intensively together to meet our common objective...
25. We reaffirm that our efforts must ultimately result in an outcome that protects the environment and ensures economic growth compatible with our shared objective of sustainable development for present and future generations.
We will ensure that renewable energy sources are adequately considered in our national plans and encourage others to do so as well. We encourage continuing research and investment in renewable energy technology, throughout the world...We will help developing countries strengthen institutional capacity and market-oriented national strategies that can attract private sector investment in renewable energy and other clean technologies.
...We will work in partnership with developing countries for an inclusive preparatory process with civil society on a forward looking and substantial agenda with action-oriented results. We welcome the recent adoption of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and will strongly promote its early entry into force.
29. We are committed to ensuring that our Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) adhere to high environmental standards. We therefore agreed in Okinawa to develop common environmental guidelines for ECAs, drawing on relevant MDB experience. Building on the progress made since last year, we commit to reach agreement in the OECD by the end of the year on a Recommendation that fulfils the Okinawa mandate.”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Health - General health and health funding

“...we have launched with the UN Secretary-General a new Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. We are determined to make the Fund operational before the end of the year. We have committed $1.3 billion....
16. The Fund will promote an integrated approach emphasising prevention in a continuum of treatment and care. It will operate according to principles of proven scientific and medical effectiveness, rapid resource transfer, low transaction costs, and light governance with a strong focus on outcomes...It will offer additional financing consistent with existing programmes, to be integrated into the national health plans of partner countries...
In the context of the new Global Fund, we will work with the pharmaceutical industry and with affected countries to facilitate the broadest possible provision of drugs in an affordable and medically effective manner. We welcome ongoing discussion in the WTO on the use of relevant provisions in the Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) agreement...we reaffirm our commitment to strong and effective intellectual property rights protection as a necessary incentive for research and development of life-saving drugs.”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Education - Primary and basic education

“We reaffirm our commitment to help countries meet the Dakar Framework for Action goal of universal primary education by 2015...We will help foster assessment systems to measure progress, identify best practices and ensure accountability for results. We will also focus on teacher training. Building on the work of the G8 Digital Opportunities Task Force (dot.force), we will work to expand the use of information and communications technology (ICT) to train teachers in best practices and strengthen education strategies. ...We will also work with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to support efforts to fight child labour and we will develop incentives to increase school enrolment.
19. We will establish a task force of senior G8 officials to advise us on how best to pursue the Dakar goals in co-operation with developing countries, relevant international organisations and other stakeholders. The task force will provide us with recommendations in time for our next meeting.”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Other

“33.We reaffirm our commitment to combat transnational organised crime. To this end, we strongly endorse the outcome of the G8 Justice and Interior Ministers Conference held in Milano this year. We encourage further progress in the field of judicial co-operation and law enforcement, and in fighting corruption, cyber-crime, online child pornography, as well as trafficking in human beings.
34. Following up on the G8 ad hoc Meeting of Drug Experts held in Miyazaki last year and the recent London Conference on the global economy of illegal drugs, we will strengthen efforts to curb the trafficking and use of illegal drugs.”

Scope: 
International