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Links 1 through 10 of 662 by The Stanley Foundation The Stanley Foundation tagged gx

“Summit fatigue” may be widespread, but demands on the world’s leaders just keep growing. Here are a half a dozen major meetings on the global agenda slated for 2012.

The 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit

The G8 Summit

The NATO Summit

The G20


COP 18

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WASHINGTON--The back-to-back NATO/G8 meetings in Chicago will take place in McCormick Place with the dates firmed up on Thursday, between May 19 and 21, NATO, the State Department and the city said.

Planning for the events is ramping up, with logos and a website also unveiled on Thursday. In Brussels, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton--a Chicago native-- and NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen waxed on about coming to Chicago. The G8 summit, hosted by President Barack Obama is on May 19-20; the NATO session, run by Rasmussen is on May 20-21.

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Trade wars, currency wars (disguised as quantitative easing) and populist anger directed against the RMB were emerging as components of this capitalist depression. There is now a fundamental shift in the axis of the international political economy with the centre of gravity moving to Africa, Asia and Latin America. For that section of the Chinese political leadership that had been fixated on the United States model of economic management, the capitalist crisis has now weakened that faction of the Communist Party. Those in the Communist Party who were calling for transformation of the conditions of the lives of 800 million poor had been struggling to be heard. Now this side is winning the argument that transformation of the world economy must begin with transformations inside of China.

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This week's G-20 summit was dominated by Europe's debt crisis, but developing countries want the grouping of major economies to refocus on a bigger global agenda that includes creating jobs, improving farming and fighting climate change.

China, Brazil and other rising powers won a bigger voice in U.S.- and European-dominated global affairs following the 2008 financial crisis. But flare-ups in the eurozone have distracted leaders from what they say should be efforts to reform global finance and improve life in poorer societies.

Now, as Mexico succeeds France as leader of the G-20, developing countries are pushing for more attention to long-term changes aimed at making the global economic system more equitable, increasing investment in Africa, making farming more productive and stimulating investment and trade.

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G20 Leaders Summit -- Cannes -- 3-4 November 2011

1. We, the Leaders of the G20, met in Cannes on 3-4 November 2011.

2. Since our last meeting, global recovery has weakened, particularly in advanced countries, leaving unemployment at unacceptable levels. In this context, tensions in the financial markets have increased due mostly to sovereign risks in Europe; there are also clear signs of a slowing in growth in the emerging markets. Commodity price swings have put growth at risk. Global imbalances persist.

3. Today, we reaffirm our commitment to work together and we have taken decisions to reinvigorate economic growth, create jobs, ensure financial stability, promote social inclusion and make globalization serve the needs of the people.

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Leaders of the Group of Twenty (G20) meet on the French Riviera this week, but their stay on the Cote d'Azur will be anything but relaxed. The world economy is in deep trouble again, plagued by sovereign debt crises in Europe and the United States, persistent global imbalances and currency misalignments, low growth and stubborn unemployment in developed countries, and inflationary pressures in emerging economies. A year ago at Seoul, the G20 seemed finally poised to transition from an emergency crisis committee to a global economic steering group. The Cannes summit finds the G20 once again at the heart of the maelstrom, in full crisis-management mode.

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OTTAWA - Stephen Harper and fellow G20 leaders will host a special guest at their Cannes summit later this week, one that aid groups are counting on to deliver a message that goes beyond the global financial crisis.
Philanthropist Bill Gates will present some firm ideas on reducing poverty and fostering development in the Third World, and some of it might not sit well with Canada's prime minister.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who hosts this week's G20, asked the Microsoft founder to find new sources of innovative financing to tackle food shortages and climate change in the Third World.

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We live in a world where, like it or not, economic and political governance is in the hands of the Group of 20 nations (G20). This is historic because, unlike in the G8 world, for the first time "systemically important" emerging countries - growing states that are crucial to the international economic system - have been given a voice in the core of global governance.
The G20, however, is not perfect and, among other things, continues to be dogged by questions of "input" legitimacy. Its exclusive nature, and lack of broader inputs from the wider world, is undermining its legitimacy.
First, it comprises 19 countries plus the European Union, selected in 1999 without using any objective criteria; Europe is clearly over-represented.

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Tomorrow I'm heading to Cannes in the French Riviera. Not for a film festival, but the foreign policy wonk's equivalent: a global world leaders' summit. The same G-20 club of key economic powers that bolstered the global financial system against collapse in 2009 is meeting amidst the current turbulence in the Eurozone. (The Stanley Foundation has set up a page, if you want to see all our media comments.)

Today my preview of the summit was published over at The Atlantic, under the headline, "The G-20: The Committee to Not Save the World." That's pretty catchy, as titles go. Just needs one tweak to really work for me: "The Committee to Not Save the World Right Away."

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The media doesn’t get it. John F. Kennedy observed that “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.”
The media perpetuates the myth that 20 political leaders can crunch long-standing issues and solve complex problems in one and a half days. The G20 includes a US president who cannot control his Congress, a Chinese president grappling with overwhelming domestic challenges, a fractious group of Europeans who cannot agree on fiscal policy and a Japanese prime minister who is culturally unable to make a commitment on his own authority — and these are the more powerful members of the group.

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