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G8 Struggles to Keep Kananaskis Commitments

Dr. Ella Kokotsis, Professor John Kirton and the
University of Toronto G8 Research Group

May 31, 2003

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G8 members have complied with their priority commitments from last year’s Kananaskis Summit only about a third of the time, earning the second lowest compliance score during the past seven years. So concludes the University of Toronto–based G8 Research Group in its final Compliance Report directed by Dr. Ella Kokotsis and released today.

In the eleven months since the June 2002 Summit, G8 members have complied with its 13 priority commitments 35% of the time, measured on a scale that runs from +100% to –100%.

Compliance varies widely by issue area. The score is perfect on terrorism and high on Africa (education), environment (sustainable agriculture), environment (water) and development (ODA). It is lower on economic growth (agricultural trade), Africa (peer review), development (HIPC) and economic growth (free trade).

Compliance also varies widely by country. The highest is Canada, the 2002 host, with +85%. France and Britain are tied for second with +62%. This pattern confirms earlier studies that suggest that the incoming host country (in this case France) tends to comply more than it usually does. The U.S. has complied an above average +38%. A below-average compliance score comes from Germany at +15%, and Japan and Russia at +8%. Italy has complied the least, with –9%.

The Kananaskis 2002 average compliance (+35%) is considerably lower than Genoa 2001 (49.5%), Okinawa 2000 (81.4%), Cologne 1999 (39%), Birmingham 1998 (45%) and Lyon 1996 (36%). In the past seven years, only Denver 1997 was lower, at +27%.

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2002 Kananaskis Final Compliance Scores*

CDA

FR

GER

ITA

JAP

RUS

UK

U.S.

AVE

Africa: Good Governance

+1

+1

0

-1

0

-1

+1

+1

+0.25

Africa: Peer Review

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

Africa: Education

+1

+1

0

N/A

+1

-1

+1

+1

+0.63

Development: HIPC

+1

0

0

0

-1

+1

+1

0

+0.25

Development: ODA

+1

+1

0

0

0

0

+1

+1

+0.50

Arms Control and Disarmament

0

0

0

0

0

+1

0

+1

+0.25

Conflict Prevention

+1

+1

+1

-1

-1

0

+1

+1

+0.38

Economic Growth: Agricultural Trade

+1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

+0.13

Economic Growth: Free Trade

+1

0

0

0

-1

0

0

-1

-0.13

Environment: Sustainable Agriculture

+1

+1

0

0

+1

N/A

+1

0

+0.57

Environment: Water

+1

+1

0

N/A

+1

0

+1

0

+0.57

Fighting Terrorism

+1

+1

+1

+1

+1

+1

+1

+1

+1.00

Transnational Crime and Corruption

+1

+1

0

0

0

0

0

0

+0.25

Overall Final Country Average

+0.85

+0.62

+0.15

-0.09

+0.08

+0.08

+0.62

+0.38

35%

*The average score by issue area is the average of all countries’ compliance scores for that issue. The average score by country is the average of all issue area compliance scores for a given country. Where information on a country’s compliance score for a given issue area was not available, the symbol "N/A" appears in the respective column and no compliance score is awarded. Countries were excluded from the averages if the symbol "N/A" appears in the respective column.

Download the full report [PDF] or download the following sections:
Introduction with scores [PDF]
Africa [PDF]:
Development [PDF]
Arms Control and Disarmament [PDF]
Conflict Prevention [PDF]
Economic Growth [PDF]
Environment [PDF]
Fighting Terrorism [PDF]
Transnational Crime and Corruption [PDF]

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