Political Summits a.k.a. Acronym alphabet & number soups

Political Summits a.k.a. Acronym alphabet & number soups

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Dec 18, 2011 2:29 pm

The G-20 Summit last month in France was the last summit that was a big deal in the world press. I thought it would be ideal to have a thread for summits, so Speak-Ez readers and members can follow up on the summits and any outcomes.

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.php?f=41&t=2420&p=30757&hilit=g20#p30757
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.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/g8-g20/news/sarkozy-says-his-g8g20-will-cost-one-tenth-of-canadas/article1619637/ So that would be $100,000,000 or less for the French hosts, right?

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:
Measured 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.


http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/a9f79f13a11e1e368825745e006b0a86/090db02a932b40408825793e00799324!OpenDocument
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Re: Political Summits a.k.a. Acronym alphabet & number soups

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Dec 18, 2011 5:27 pm

Hotel room costs per night per country leader (some mentioned by name) at the G20 Summit, November 2011, were found in this link:
http://www.habermonitor.com/en/haber/detay/72236/last-week-the-g20-summit-in-cannes-france-sta

Hmm, the bill (la facture) is hard to find for this summit. Even on the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry website, there is no clear link to the desired information. Well, the grand dossiers/large files tab does mention the G-20 and has little videos explaining what it is and what the IMF is.
There were sponsors for the G-20 Summit. I did see logos.http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/nov/02/socgen-g20-sponsorship-enrages-activists
Many of France's high-profile companies, including Air France, Renault, Hermès and Dior, are acting either as official partners or sponsors of the French G20/G8 presidency. But it is the participation of Société Générale that has attracted particular ire.

A spokesman for the bank said it had "contributed" €50,000 to the organisation of the G20/G8 presidency, but that it had received nothing, except logo placement on the website, in return. "We have not got anything nor did we ask for anything in return for this support," the spokesman said, adding that there would be no stands, no events and no team on site.


However, the 2010 summit in Toronto did not permit sponsorships.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/g8-g20/news/ottawa-steered-clear-of-corporate-sponsorships-for-g8-g20/article1608401/

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APEC
ASEAN
G-8, G-20
La Francophonie
African Union
COP

Some of the names and acronyms of summits held in the world.
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Postby CielOnTap on Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:28 pm

WEF or World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland has world leaders talking money again this week (they were at it during the G8 & G20 summits too). Will they talk about how much it costs each country to send a delegation to this forum?

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/01/25/a-whos-who-of-davos-absentees/?scp=4&sq=davos&st=cse

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/01/24/gates-to-pitch-his-charity-work-in-davos/?scp=5&sq=davos&st=cse

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/01/24/davos-attendees-confront-a-new-wave-of-anger/?scp=3&sq=davos&st=cse
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Postby pretzels on Mon May 21, 2012 8:11 pm

NATO's summit in Chicago, USA had plenty of protests occur this weekend. One in particular had former US military soldiers toss their service medals over the fence towards the summit convention centre--the feeling was that the fabric and metal were not worth the health issues they developed nor the civilian casualities inflicted on foreign soil.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/21/us/two-held-on-terrorism-charges-at-nato-meeting.html?ref=world
About 45 protesters were arrested on Sunday, and at least four officers were injured, according to the Chicago Police superintendent, Garry McCarthy. It was uncertain how many protesters were injured.

The confrontations followed a march through the streets downtown, the largest demonstration during days of protests that have led up to the NATO meeting here. Led by about 40 men and women in American military uniforms who said they wished to return their medals as symbolic gestures, thousands of protesters opposed to war and to NATO or motivated by other issues marched down Michigan Avenue, winding their way as close as they could get to McCormick Place, where world leaders were holding the summit meeting.



http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/natosummit/
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Postby CielOnTap on Tue May 28, 2013 10:12 pm

By chance, I spotted a headline about a Northern Ireland location that is the site of the G8 summit in June. Apparently, the scene is compared to a Potemkin village (fake village). Lots of "make nice" work is happening to put on a pleasant appearance for the visiting leaders and their entourages.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/05/28/northern_ireland_town_turns_into_virtual_potemkin_village_ahead_of_g8.html

The summit will be held at the remote Lough Erne Resort in County Fermanagh on June 17 and 18. The five-star hotel has been preparing for months, making sure every detail is complete, right down to the type of exercise equipment Russian President Vladimir Putin uses.

Lough Erne’s general manager Ferghal Purcell told RTE radio news that pictures of all eight world leaders have been posted throughout the premises so the staff know who they are.

“We’ve had to do three separate posters because every time we turn around there is a new prime minister in Italy,” Purcell told RTE last week. (A coalition government was finally formed in late April with Enrico Letta as Italian prime minister.)

Interesting to note the level of attention paid to Italy's leaders!
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Postby CielOnTap on Fri May 26, 2017 9:14 pm

Busy week for political summits. Brussels hosted NATO leaders this week at the new headquarters. The first odd Trump-Macron handshake took the Internet on a meme wave. French President Emmanuel Macron held the handshake to white knuckle level while seated with the US President Donald Trump.https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-handshake-idUSKBN18L1OB

Then there was a second one in which US President Donald Trump seemed keen to appear dominant. Another Internet wave followed this incident.
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/809350/Donald-Trump-Emmanuel-Macron-handshake-Nato-meeting-Angela-Merkel

President Trump also pushed another world leader aside in his walk to the front of the group at NATO. http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/25/politics/trump-pushes-prime-minister-nato-summit/


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/25/world/europe/trump-brussels-nato.html?_r=0



Italy hosts the G7 Summit in Taorima. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/43rd_G7_summit
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/tense-discussions-dominate-g7-summit-italy-170526192045382.html


Here's a political cartoon that shows the preparations for the G7 Summit: https://twitter.com/mackaycartoons/status/867122653412372481
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