G8 Summit 2013

The G8 Nations that attended the G8 Summit 2013 was comprised of the usual main industrialized countries: United Kingdom, United States, France, Canada, Japan, Russia, Italy, and Germany. Some issues addressed were the issue of Syria and David Cameron, the British prime Minister stated that lessons were learned from Iraq and the situation with Syria will not turn into another Iraq problem. The G8 ministers set forth an agreed blueprint for the future of Syria.
Seven points were covered on Syria, includes:
• Bloodshed will be stopped and peace established as well as stability through political means.
• G8 pledged extra $1.5 billion in Syria’s aid as well as its neighbors and aid to risk areas such as Qusayr.
• Calling for the implementation of a transitional government as set forth by the Geneva Communique of June 2012 at the Geneva Conference.
• Ensuring that all the Syrians are represented at the Geneva Conference.
• The destroying and expelling of Al Qaeda and all others linked to terrorism from Syria. This backs the UN plan to ensure all security forces are capable of dealing with extremists and terrorism.
• The uses of any chemical weapons are condemned. The G8 summit decided that a UN investigating team must be allowed to investigate the use of such chemical weapons. Indiscriminate attacks and human rights abuses on civilians from any party or people are condemned.
The G8 ministers further promised the opening up of government data to scrutiny when signing an Open Data Charter for the first time since the first G8 Summit was held. The Open Data Charter will enable people to use the data in generating services, insights, and ideas in creating a better world. The idea behind the Open Data Charter is to build and gain the confidence of the public and private governance.