09/07/2009 - “Closer and stronger ties between the G8 and G5 countries are critical for tackling the increasingly complex global challenges facing our countries, and never more so than in the current economic crisis,” OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said today at the G8 Summit following the announcement that the G8-G5 Heiligendamm Dialogue Process (HDP) will be continued and strengthened over coming years.
Renamed the Heiligendamm L’Aquila Process (HAP), the dialogue will have greater flexibility and will focus on building common understanding to discuss policy alternatives, facilitate common positions in other international fora and produce concrete results.
Launched at the G8 Summit in Heiligendamm in 2007, the HDP – now HAP – brings together the G8 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as the European Commission) in a high-level topic driven dialogue with the G5 (Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and South Africa) in a formalized and structured manner. In the new HAP other countries and international organizations could be invited to join the discussion on a case-by-case basis.
The HAP is unique because it is a space for political dialogue, and not a negotiating forum. Its aim is to build trust among the dialogue partners and develop common understanding on issues of global importance. Mr. Gurría welcomed the decision to renew the dialogue, noting the considerable progress that it has already achieved.
“Leaders devote more and more time and effort to issues such as international investment, innovation, development, and climate change. Formal negotiations are sometimes difficult, so there is great value in having major players engage in a political dialogue,” he said. “As such, the HDP/HAP is making a very important contribution to informal global economic governance.”
The OECD has been associated with the HDP from its beginning. In 2007 the OECD was asked to provide a platform for the process. The HDP Support Unit at the OECD has provided technical support to the HDP Steering Committee and Working Groups. The HDP Concluding Report delivered to the 2009 G8 Summit and annexed to the first-ever G8/G5 Joint Declaration acknowledged the importance of the OECD’s contribution in the form of analysis and expertise.
“We stand ready to continue serving the HAP partners in addressing pressing global challenges and cross-cutting issues which have an impact on global development efforts,” said Mr. Gurría.