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G8 SYRACUSE 22, 23 and 24 April 2009

Combating climate change and the protection of biodiversity are the two main themes of the Environment Ministers Meeting to be held in Syracuse from 22 to 24 April.

The Ministers for the Environment of the Group of Eight (Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, Canada, Russia) with Enviroment Ministers of China, India, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, South Africa, Australia, the Republic of Korea and Egypt, with the participation of the Czech Republic currently holding the Presidency of the European Union, the European Commission, Denmark as the country hosting the next COP (Convention on Climate Change), as well as a number of international organisations, will meet in Syracuse at the initiative of the Italian Presidency of the G8.

The aim of the Syracuse meeting will be to send a powerful political message on biodiversity and the relationship between health and the environment, in particular for children, and to facilitate dialogue on the issue of climate change with a view to the Copenhagen Conference in December of this year which must define the global post-Kyoto situation.


Environment, THE "global" common good
Stefania PrestigiacomoThe G8 at Castello Maniace represents a fundamental milestone on the road to the Copenhagen Conference, which will bring together the world's major energy producers and consumers to discuss the question of climate change. Syracuse will allow us to work with all the biggest players on the question of carbon emissions. We will engage with the new US administration, which has declared a more active approach to the environment, as well as with countries like China and India whose choices are equally important for the outcome of a new climate agreement.

Italy will be chairing and addressing a thoroughgoing debate which, while taking into account the global economic and financial crisis, can draw new strength and vitality from the broader consensus and the possibility of co-ordinated action and shared objectives. The goal is to reach agreement on choices and action that will limit the impact of climate change and lay the basis for a less polluting and more efficient use of energy in the pursuit of development and wellbeing for peoples and nations.

Of equal importance will be the discussion of biodiversity, a fundamental factor in promoting new patterns of behaviour that focus greater attention on the ecosystem and man’s place within it, in reducing the indiscriminate exploitation of resources and encouraging the use of renewable energy and the recycling of waste.

We fully expect a constructive commitment from everyone involved. The environment is by definition a global asset, and its protection demands common solutions and shared decisions if we are to produce an effective and positive outcome.

Stefania Prestigiacomo
The Minister of Environment

Participating Countries and Organizations


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