OECD work with G8 for the 2009 L'Aquila Summit
is available at www.oecd.org/g8.
The G8 and OECD work closely together. Top OECD officials meet periodically with the personal representatives of the G8 leaders (Sherpas and sous-Sherpas) to discuss current and future OECD work related to G8 issues. It has become a tradition that the OECD holds its annual Meeting of the Council at Ministerial Level four to six weeks before the G8 Summit meeting to promote the best possible co-ordination.
The OECD, and its affiliate organisation, the International Energy Agency, co-operated closely with the Russian presidency in the preparation of the 2006 G8 Summit in Saint Petersburg. For example, among issues discussed by OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría with G8 Education Ministers and Finance Ministers at their meetings in June 2006 were the importance of financial education for citizens in developed economies and the role of education in assisting the integration of immigrants into their host societies.
For the 2006 G8 Summit in Saint Petersburg, the priorities set by President Vladimir Putin were global energy security, education, and fighting infectious diseases. Other issues discussed at the G8 Summit were: development of the global economy, finance and trade, environment, settlement of regional conflicts and counterterrorism. The Russian G8 Foreign Affairs Sous-Sherpa Andrei Kondakov presented the main outcomes and follow-up to the Russian G8 Presidency at an OECD meeting of the Executive Committee in Special Session (ECSS) on 3 November 2006.
For OECD work on G8 priorities for 2006 Summit, read below.
For OECD work on Russia, click here.
Diversity, efficiency and flexibility within the energy sector are basic conditions for longer-term energy security. The International Energy Agency, together with the Nuclear Energy Agency, aim to help governments around the world achieve a sustainable energy future through curbing energy import dependence and lessening economic vulnerability to high energy prices.
Trends and Analysis
For further information on OECD work on energy: www.oecd.org/energy.
Both individuals and countries benefit from education. For individuals, the potential benefits lie in the general quality of life and in the economic returns of sustained, satisfying employment. For countries, the potential benefits lie in economic growth and the development of shared values that underpin social cohesion. The OECD helps countries achieve high-quality learning for all; one that contributes to personal development, sustainable economic growth and social cohesion.
Trends and Indicators
For further information on OECD work on education: www.oecd.org/education.
Infectious diseases account for more than 17 million deaths worldwide each year, 95% of them in developing countries. The wider effects of infectious diseases extend beyond the risks of spreading infection from the affected country and pose a threat to global economic development and security.
For further information on OECD work on health: www.oecd.org/health.
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