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See also: "Post–Kyoto Protocol negotiations on greenhouse gas emissions

On February 16, 2007, The Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE International) held a meeting of the G8+5 Climate Change Dialogue at the GLOBE Washington Legislators Forum in "Washington, D.C., where a non-binding agreement was reached to cooperate on tackling "global warming. The group accepted that the existence of man-made "climate change was beyond doubt, and that there should be a global system of emission caps and "carbon emissions trading applying to both "industrialized nations and "developing countries. The group hoped this policy to be in place by 2009, to supersede the "Kyoto Protocol, the first phase of which expires in 2012.[2][3]


The G8+5 group was formed in 2005 when "Tony Blair, then "Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, in his role as host of the "31st G8 summit at "Gleneagles, "Scotland, invited the leading emerging countries to join the talks. The hope was that this would form a stronger and more representative group that would inject fresh impetus into the trade talks at "Doha, and the need to achieve a deeper cooperation on climate change.

Following the meeting, the countries issued a joint statement looking to build a "new paradigm for international cooperation" in the future.

The G8+5 Climate Change Dialogue was launched on February 24, 2006, by the (GLOBE)[4] in partnership with the Com+ alliance of communicators for sustainable development.[5]


Following the "33rd G8 summit "Heiligendamm 2007, German chancellor "Angela Merkel announced the establishment of the ""Heiligendamm Process" through which the full institutionalization of the permanent dialogue between the G8 countries and the five greatest "emerging economies will be implemented. This will include the establishment of a common G8 and G5 platform at the "OECD. (see: "Die G8 – Akteure in einer globalen Entwicklungspartnerschaft;

Most recently on August 28, 2007, former French president "Nicolas Sarkozy in a foreign policy statement proposed that "Brazil, "China, "India, "Mexico and "South Africa should become members of G8: "The G8 can't meet for two days and the G13 for just two hours.... That doesn't seem fitting, given the power of these five emerging countries." Nevertheless, as of 2008, a formal enlargement of the G8 is not a realistic political option, since the G8 member states have diverging positions on this issue. The "US and "Japan have been against enlargement, the "United Kingdom and "France actively in favour, and "Italy, "Germany, "Russia and "Canada are reserved on the issue.["citation needed].

Current leaders[edit]

(The following list is in alphabetical order by nation)

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  2. ^ BBC: Politicians sign new climate pact, February 16, 2007
  3. ^ Guardian Unlimited: Global leaders reach climate change agreement
  4. ^ GLOBE international
  5. ^ Com+ alliance

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