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G8 Group

Structure of G8 bodies

Leaders of G8 countries

Sherpas (report to leaders)

Ministers' meetings:

- G8 foreign ministers

- G8 finance ministers

- G8 justice ministers (procurators general) and ministers of internal affairs

- G8 ministers of labour and social affairs

- G8 environment ministers

- G8 energy ministers

- Carnegie Group - G8 ministers of science and technology

Leaders of parliament (lower chamber) of G8 countries

Political directors (subordinate to foreign ministry, report to Sherpas on a range of issues)

Foreign-policy Sous Sherpas (report to Sherpas and political directors)

Financial Sous Sherpas (report to Sherpas and finance ministers)

Working groups:

1. High-level group (HLG) for non-proliferation issues (reports to Sherpas and foreign ministers)

2. Expert group for non-proliferation (reports to HLG representatives)

3. Working group for global partnership against proliferation of weapons and materials of mass destruction (reports to HLG representatives)

4. G8 working group for nuclear and physical safety (reports to HLG representatives)

5. Group for negotiation with donor countries for preparation of a multiparty agreement on a mechanism for financing the Russian programme for recycling of redundant weapons-grade plutonium (G8 plus EU without Germany) (reports to political directors)

6. Counter-terrorist action group (CTAG) (reports to Sherpas and foreign ministers)

7. Roma and Lyon G8 expert group for fighting terrorism and organised crime (reports to Sherpas, foreign ministers, interior ministers, justice ministers).

8. G8 working group for biometrics (foreign ministry, interior ministry, security service representatives)

9. Working group for development and realisation of the Secure and Facilitated International Travel Initiative (SAFTI)

10. Group of personal representatives of G8 leaders for relations with African countries (reports to Sherpas)

11. Representatives of G8 countries' national agencies for development assistance (report to Sherpas)

12. G8 senior responsible persons for labour and social issues (report to ministers of labour)

13. G8 contact group for famine prevention (reports to Sherpas)

14. G8 science and technology expert group for sustainable development (reports to foreign-policy Sous Sherpas)

15. Expert group for conflict prevention (deals with settlement of conflicts in Afghanistan) (reports to political directors)

16. G8 expert group for the problem of firearms in Africa (reports to political directors)

17. G8 working group for Kosovo (reports to political directors)

18. G8 expert group for health (reports to foreign-policy Sous Sherpas and ministers of health)

19. G8 expert group for water (reports to foreign-policy Sous Sherpas and ministers of the environment)

20. G8 working group for preparation of a plan to strengthening peacekeeping capacity in Africa (reports to political directors)

Expert opinion

Halter Marek


Halter Marek
Le College de France
Olivier Giscard dEstaing


Olivier Giscard dEstaing
COPAM, France
Mika Ohbayashi


Mika Ohbayashi
Institute for Sustainable Energy Poliy
Bill Pace


Bill Pace
World Federalist Movement - Institute for Global Policy
Peter I. Hajnal


Peter I. Hajnal
Toronto University, G8 Research Group

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