Yes, I'm still keen to find that final tally of what the French hosting of the G20 summit cost was.
The link to summit websites from the European Union thread is here:
http://www.speakezforums.com/viewtopic. ... g20#p30757
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/wor ... le1619637/ So that would be $100,000,000 or less for the French hosts, right?Nicolas Sarkozy thinks his Toronto hotel room is quite nice and he doesn’t see any overt signs of opulence at the G8/G20 summit, but the charismatic French President vowed his country will pull off its hosting duties next year for one-tenth the price(emphasis mine).
After more than a half-hour of answering reporters’ questions on deficits, the United Nations Security Council and sanctions for Iran, Mr. Sarkozy asked if there was one last question.
A reporter who scrambled to the microphone asked whether French citizens should brace themselves for a similar summit tab as Canada, which is expected to pay out more than $1-billion to host the G8 in Muskoka and the G20 in Toronto this weekend.
World Vision has rated the G-20 Summit on issues known to have been on the original agenda and how they were handled at the summit. Good reading on a different perspective of what the summit could have covered:
http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/ ... enDocumentMeasured by media attention and political prioritization, the issues that most impact millions of children in the developing world have been largely overshadowed in Cannes. Even the high-profile presentation by Bill Gates on innovative financing for development barely broke through the media and summit preoccupation with the Eurozone crisis and proposed Greek referendum on austerity measures. President Sarkozy even acknowledged this in his final comments.
This does not negate the fact that some progress was made by the G20 in the months leading up to the summit on addressing commodity price volatility and promoting agriculture. And we affirm the fact that the final communiqué stresses that developed countries should meet their aid commitments. However, there was an expectation that the strong French emphasis on food security as a priority issue for this G20 would lead to bold leadership and clear action plans. This was not the case.
G20 and G8 leaders have a history of letting their agendas be derailed by unexpected crises that emerge in the days leading up to a Summit. Certainly the ambitious French G20 slogan that “History will be written in Cannes” rings hollow in light of how little was actually achieved on their original agenda. Future leaders, including 2012’s G-20 host, Mexico, need to ensure that issues beyond immediate political crises are given their due.