G8 Summit 2013


This year the United Kingdom assumed the one-year presidency of the Group of Eight (G8), a forum for the leaders of eight of the world’s most industrialized nations, aimed at finding common ground on key topics and solutions to global issues. The G8 includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. While the leaders of these countries are in regular contact, they meet in summit format as the G8 once a year.

Nutrition is in the spotlight surrounding this year’s G8 Summit, being hosted at the Lough Erne Resort in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Following the hunger summit that was held on the last day of the London 2012 Olympics, UK Prime Minister David Cameron Cameron announced that he would be holding a hunger meeting to coincide with the G8 summit in June 2013. Every year, more than 2 million children die due to insecure access to food, and the meeting presents a vital opportunity to change these statistics.

The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health joined GAVI Alliance, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in sending a prepared statement to the G8 sherpas and sous-sherpas, senior government officials preparing for the summit in Northern Ireland, for a commitment of support for global health partnerships. PMNCH is also supporting a social media campaign to advocate for action to address the impact of hunger and food insecurity on maternal, newborn and child health.