The G8: Who, Where, What & Why?

In 2013 the G8 Leader’s Summit took place in Northern Ireland, UK, where President Obama met with other world leaders.

Our video explains the what the G8 is, how it is structured and why it exists as in its current format:

G7 2015, Germany

07 – 08 June 2015

Hotel Schloss Elmau in Germany

Hotel Schloss Elmau in Germany

Germany took over the G7 Presidency at the end of the summit in Brussels in June 2014 and hosted the annual meeting of heads of state and government on 7 and 8 June 2015.

The German Federal Chancellor chose Schloss Elmau as the summit venue.


The Group will meet again in 2016 under the Presidency of Japan.

2013 Fermanagh, United Kingdom

Lough Erne near Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland (Embassy photo)

Lough Erne near Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland (Embassy photo)

The United Kingdom hosted the 39th G8 summit at Lough Erne near Enniskillen in County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland on 17-18 June 2013.

The official G8 2013 site is



18 June 2013 Joint statement by European Council President Van Rompuy and European Commission President Barroso after the G8 Summit in Lough Erne (UK) on 17-18 June 2013

17 June 2013 White House Fact Sheet: New U.S. Humanitarian Aid to Syrians

17 June 2013 U.S.-EU Trade Talks to Begin Week of July 8  President Obama and European leaders said negotiations for a new trade agreement known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) will begin in Washington in early July. The talks are aimed at deepening the economic relationship between the United States and the European Union.
Obama, European Union Leaders on Trans-Atlantic Trade

17 June 2013 Russia-U.S. Joint Statement on Confidence Building Cooperation

15 June 2013 Economic Growth and Jobs Top G8 Meeting Agenda

06 February 2013 G8 Summit venue announced as Lough Erne, Northern Ireland (via gov.UK)

20 November 2012 UK Foreign Secretary William Hague announces G8 Foreign Ministers’ meeting  (via gov.UK)

G8 Summit 2012 badge

2012 Maryland, U.S.A.

The United States hosted the 2012 Group of Eight (G8) summit of advanced economies on 18-19 May 2012.  It was held at the Camp David presidential retreat in Frederick County, Maryland. The official website is

The NATO summit was hosted in the city of Chicago.   For an introduction to NATO please see The United States and NATO (PDF, 1MB).

22 May 2012 G8 Launches Programs to Help Five Transitioning Arab Countries  The G8 countries and a number of international institutions are making a coordinated effort to help five countries in the Arab Spring movement overcome challenges in their transition to democracy and economic openness. The 2012 G8 participants identified Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco for transition assistance during the coming 12 months.

20 May 2012 G8 Nations Agree to Promote Economic Growth, Job Creation   While saying that the global economy during the past three years has been tested at times by shocks, both manmade and from natural disasters, the leaders agreed that expanding jobs and growth offer the best hope for the future. President Obama said the current serious situation in the eurozone affects the U.S. economy and others far removed from European nations, which is why coordinated, collective action is essential.
• Camp David Declaration by G8 Leaders
Obama’s Remarks at Closing of G8 Summit
Statement by the G-8 on Global Oil Markets
• Fact Sheet: G-8 Action on the Deauville Partnership with Arab Countries in Transition

19 May 2012 G8 Leaders on Global Economy  

17 May 2012 Obama Hosts 2012 G8 and NATO Summits

17 May 2012 White House Briefing on G8, NATO Summits, Other Issues

12 March 2012 Obama: 2012 G8 and NATO Summits Scheduled for May

G8 Summit 2011, 26-27 May 2011 in Deaville, France

G8 Summit 2011, 26-27 May 2011 in Deaville, France

2011 Deauville, France

The 37th G8 summit tool place in the city of Deauville on the Normandy coast of France from May 26–27.

27 May 2011 G8 Summit Sought Common Solutions to Global Challenges  The Deauville Group of Eight (G8) Summit of major industrialized nations was focused on developing common solutions to some of the world’s most vexing security and economic challenges.

2010 Muskoka, Canada

The 2010 G8 summit was held in the town of Muskoka, Canada from 25-26 June 2010.

2009 L’Aquila, Italy

The 2009 G8 summit was held in the town of L’Aquila, Italy, from 8-10 July 2009.
From the White House come the following statements and declarations (PDF’s) from the Group of Eight meetings in L’Aquila, Italy:

L’Aquila Statement on Non-Proliferation (PDF)
G8 Economic Declaration (PDF)
Political Declaration (PDF)
G8 Declaration on Counter Terrorism (PDF)
G8 Preliminary Accountability Report (PDF)

08 July 2009 Addressing the Nuclear Threat: Fulfilling the Promise of Prague at the L’Aquila Summit

08 July 2009 G8 Leaders Focused on Global Economic Recovery (IIPDigital)

2008 Hokkaido Toyako, Japan

The 2008 G8 Summit was held in Hokkaido Toyako, Japan, 6 – 9 July 2008.