G8 Evian Chair's Summary

Sectors : Debt relief, Small and Light Weapons, Water and Sanitation, Agricultural and biotechnology, Energy, Sustainable development, Employment and Training, International trade: market access, subsidies and aid for trade, Health systems, medicines and regulation, Humanitarian assistance, Food security, Climate change - general, Environmental degradation and natural resource management, General health and health funding, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Polio, TB
Date made: 
2003

Commitments

Commitments in: Financing for Development - Debt relief

“Financing for development. We reaffirmed our commitment to address the challenge of global poverty and our support for the Millennium Development Goals and the Monterrey consensus. We noted that achieving these ambitious goals would require considerable efforts from both developed and developing countries, including increased resources....
...Debt. We reaffirmed our commitment to the Heavily−Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative, launched at our Cologne Summit. Since Kananaskis, where we pledged to provide our share of the shortfall of up to $1 billion, progress has continued in the implementation of the HIPC initiative.Twenty−six of the world's poorest countries are now benefiting from debt relief, totalling more than $60 billion committed in nominal terms. However, in the light of continued implementation challenges and the slow pace of country progress in the initiative, we have identified the following priority areas:...
...− We welcomed the progress made towards completing our commitment in Kananaskis to fill the estimated financing gap in the HIPC Trust Fund, through the pledges of $850 million made in Paris in October 2002. We will continue to monitor the financing needs of the Trust Fund;
− We reaffirmed the objective of ensuring lasting debt sustainability in HIPC countries and noted that these countries will remain vulnerable to exogenous shocks, even after reaching completion point. In this context, we have asked our Finance Ministers to review by September mechanisms to encourage good governance and the methodology for calculating the amount of "topping−up" debt relief available to countries at completion point based on updated cost estimates...”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Peace and security - Small and Light Weapons

“Global Partnership. We reaffirmed our Kananaskis commitments to prevent terrorists, or those that harbour them, from acquiring weapons of mass destruction. To that end, we reviewed the implementation of the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction launched last year. We welcomed the progress achieved so far. We are determined to sustain and broaden our efforts towards:
− reaching our Kananaskis commitment of raising up to US$20 billion over 10 years;
− developing and initiating concrete and worthwhile projects;
− fully implementing the guidelines;
− opening this initiative to new countries.
To this end, we endorsed an Action Plan on the Global Partnership...”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Infrastructure - Water and Sanitation

“Water. Following on from the Kyoto World Water Forum, we adopted an Action Plan to help meet the Millennium and Johannesburg goals of halving the number of people without access to clean water and sanitation by 2015.”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Infrastructure - Energy

Science and technology for sustainable development. We adopted an Action Plan on how best to use science and technology for sustainable development focused on three areas:
− global observation;
− cleaner, more efficient energy and the fight against air pollution and climate change;
− agriculture and biodiversity.
Those of us who have ratified the Kyoto Protocol reaffirm their determination to see it enter into force.”

Scope: 
International

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

“1. Strengthening Growth World−Wide... We reaffirm our commitment to multilateral co−operation, to achieve the objectives and overall timetable set out in the Doha Development Agenda as reflected in our Action Plan on Trade, and to implement sound macro−economic policies supportive of growth, while ensuring domestic and external sustainability. Our common responsibility is to raise growth in our own economies, and thus contribute to a stronger global economy.

As this contribution should rely more strongly on structural reforms and flexibility, we therefore reaffirm our commitment to:
− implement structural reforms of labour, product and capital markets;
− implement pension and health care reforms, as we face a common challenge of ageing populations;
− raise productivity through education and lifelong learning and by creating an environment where entrepreneurship can thrive, fostering competition and promoting public and private investment in knowledge and innovation;
− strengthen investor confidence by improving corporate governance, enhancing market discipline and increasing transparency;
− the principles of our Declaration on Fostering Growth and Promoting a Responsible Market Economy, accompanied with specific actions to improve transparency and to fight corruption more effectively, including a specific initiative on extractive industries...”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Disaster risk reduction and humanitarian assistance - Humanitarian assistance

“Famine. To alleviate the threat facing millions of people, especially in Africa, we committed to responding to the emergency food aid needs and agreed on ways to improve famine prevention mechanisms and long term food security."

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Climate Change - Climate change - general

“2. Enhancing Sustainable Development
We focused on the implementation of the internationally agreed Millennium and Johannesburg Development Goals in the following areas:

Africa. Our discussions with the Presidents of Algeria, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa, the Leaders of countries represented on the NEPAD Steering Committee, demonstrated our common will to contribute to the development of Africa. We endorsed the report prepared by our Africa Personal Representatives. We agreed to widen our dialogue to other African Leaders on NEPAD and the G8 Africa Action Plan. We invite interested countries and relevant international institutions to appoint senior representatives to join this partnership. We will review progress on our Action Plan no later than 2005 on the basis of a report.”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Environment - Environmental degradation and natural resource management

"Illegal logging. From the perspective of sustainable forest management, we confirmed our determination to strengthen international efforts to tackle the problem of illegal logging.

Marine environment and tanker safety. We endorsed an Action Plan to reduce the threat posed by excessive exploitation of marine resources and to enhance maritime security...”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Health - General health and health funding

“Health. We agreed on measures to:
− strengthen the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and other bilateral and multilateral efforts, notably through our active participation in the donors' and supporters' conference to be hosted in Paris this July;
− improve access to health care, including to drugs and treatments at affordable prices, in poor countries;
− encourage research on diseases mostly affecting developing countries;
− mobilise the extra funding needed to eradicate polio by 2005;
− improve international co−operation against new epidemics such as SARS.”

Scope: 
International