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Group of Eight

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the forthcoming G8 meeting will discuss Africa and Climate Change; and if he will make a statement. (140075)

The theme of the German G8 presidency is “growth and responsibility”, both in the world economy which includes climate protection and in Africa. Therefore climate change and Africa will be at the centre of discussions at the upcoming G8 summit.

We are extremely pleased with the German focus on Africa and development as well as climate change during its G8 presidency. We share the German view of the importance of good governance and economic growth for development in Africa. We believe that the agenda for Heiligendamm complements the commitments made at Gleneagles very well.

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister will be making a statement on June 4 in Parliament before the summit.