G8 and G20 Summitry: Past, Present, Future

Seeley Hall, Trinity College, University of Toronto
January 10, 2014

Hosted by the G8 Research Group
Co-sponsored and supported by the
Robert H. Catherwood Scholarship Program, International Relations Program, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History and the Trinity One Program at Trinity College; the Munk School of Global Affairs; Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies; Asian Institute; East Asia Group; and the Department of Political Science
at the University of Toronto;
and ICC G20 Advisory Group; Newsdesk Media; Ashgate Publishing; Jackman Foundation;
Higher School of Economics International Organisations Research Institute (Moscow); Balsillie School of International Affairs; Canadian International Council; Canadian Council of Churches; Ridd Institute for Religion and Global Policy
Seeley Hall, Trinity College, University of Toronto
Friday, January 10, 2014

As 2014 opens, the hosting of the annual Group of Eight summit will pass from the United Kingdom to Russia and the hosting of the now annual Group of Twenty summit will have just passed from Russia to Australia. This moment also marks the end of the first five years of G20 summitry, the start of the fifteenth anniversary of the creation of the G20 at the finance ministers' level and the end of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1988 G7 summit held in Toronto, in part at the University of Toronto itself. That last event inspired the creation of the G8 Research Group and its Robert H. Catherwood Scholarship Program, as well as the G20 Research Group and BRICS Research Group. It is thus an appropriate time to assess what has been accomplished by G8 and G20 summitry, where such summitry is headed in the years ahead, what we now know about how such summitry works and how it can be improved.

To address these key questions in contemporary global summit governance, the G8 Research Group and its co-sponsors are mounting a one-day conference at Trinity College at the University of Toronto on January 10, 2014. Assembling speakers from the greater Toronto area, across Canada, Russia and elsewhere, its specific purposes are to:

  1. Educate our students in our relevant courses, programs, G8 and G20 Research Groups and their alumni about global summit governance through these central forums;
  2. Present and evaluate the scholarship of the colleagues and students from the G8 and G20 Research Groups and their associates;
  3. Have practitioners reflect on their experience in G8 and G20 governance;
  4. Assess what we know and need to know about G8 and G20 summit governance;
  5. Identify what can be improved and what initiatives can be developed for 2014; and
  6. Commemorate our recent Catherwood Scholarship winners and the authors of books supported by the G8 and G20 Research Groups.

9:00–9:15  Welcome and Introduction

Michael Ratcliffe, interim provost, Trinity College
Mairi MacDonald, director, International Relations Program, Trinity College
Margaret Kelch, Robert H. Catherwood Scholarship Program
John Kirton, director, G8 Research Group, co-director, G20 Research Group

9:15–10:15  From G7/8 to G20: The Catherwood Conversation

The Right Honourable Paul Martin, with the Honourable Bill Graham

10:15–10:30  Presentation of the Catherwood Scholarships

Ron Knowles, Robert H. Catherwood Scholarship Selection Committee,
with the Right Honourable Paul Martin and the Honourable Bill Graham

10:30–10:45  Break

10:45–11:30  G8 Performance
Chair: Karen Hamilton, Canadian Council of Churches

Promises Made, Promises Kept: The G8 Record to 2014
Enko Koceku, G8 Research Group, and Andrey Shelepov, National Research University Higher School of Economics
G8 Security Governance: Syria and the Middle East
Bessma Momani, Balsillie School of International Affairs
G8 Health and Development Governance
Joy Fitzgibbon and Julia Kulik, G8 Research Group

11:30–12:30  G8 Plans and Possibilities for 2014
Chair: Robert Austin, Centre for Eurasian, Russian and European Studies

Leveraging the Lough Erne Legacy [PDF]
Howard Drake, British high commissioner to Canada
Russia's Plans for Sochi 2014
Georgiy Mamedov, Russian ambassador to Canada

12:30–14:00  Catherwood Lunch for Conference Speakers and Donors and Catherwood Scholars
Lunch for Delegates

14:00–14:45  G20 Performance 2008–13
Chair: Jinying Chen, Shanghai International Studies University

G20 Summit on the Rise or in Retreat?
Andrew F. Cooper, Balsillie School of International Affairs
Compliance with G20 Summit Commitments
Ella Kokotsis, Caroline Bracht and Antonia Tsapralis, G20 Research Group
ICC G20 Business Scorecard
Jeffrey Hardy, ICC-G20 Advisory Group

14:45–15:45  G20 Economic Governance
Chair: Don Brean, co-director, G20 Research Group

Prospects for the Global Economy
Warren Jestin, Chief Economist, Scotiabank
[Foreign Exchange Outlook January 2014 and Global Forecast Update January 6, 2014]
Public and Private Sector Perspectives [PDF]
The Honourable Michael Wilson, former minister of finance, represented by Don Brean
Fostering Financial Stability
The Honourable Thomas Hockin, Canadian Executive Director, International Monetary Fund

15:45–16:00  Break

16:00–17:15  G20 Plans and Prospects for Brisbane and Beyond
Chair: Jennifer Jeffs, Canadian International Council

Australia's Plans for Brisbane 2014
Louise Hand, Australian high commissioner to Canada
Australia's Approach to Global Governance [PDF]
John Ravenhill, Balsillie School of International
Turkey's Approach to G20 Governance and the Istanbul 2015 Summit
Ali Riza Güney, Turkish consul general
China's Approach to G20 Summitry
Gregory Chin, York University

17:15–17:30  Concluding Reflections
John Kirton, director, G8 Research Group, co-director, G20 Research Group

18:00–20:00  Reception (sponsored by the Robert H. Catherwood Scholarship Program and Ashgate Publishing)
G20 Governance for a Globalized World, by John Kirton
The G20: Evolution, Interrelationships, Documentation, by Peter Hajnal
Africa's Health Challenges, edited by Andrew Cooper, John Kirton, Franklyn Lisk and Hany Besada
Moving Health Sovereignty in Africa, edited by John Kirton, Andrew Cooper, Franklyn Lisk and Hany Besada