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:


2013 Fermanagh, United Kingdom

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 archive 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    European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso represented the European Union at this year’s G8 summit chaired by UK Prime Minister Cameron in Lough Erne. As a G8 member, the European Union actively contributed to the discussion of all items on the agenda. The two Presidents made the following statement on the summit outcome.


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


1998, Birmingham, United Kingdom

The United Kingdom hosted the 24th G8 Summit in the city of Birmingham in the West Midlands region, on 15–17 May 1998.


G8 and G7 Summmits

A full list of all G8 and G7b summits can be seen on Wikipedia.