Island, Georgia (June 10, 2004)
met at Sea Island for our annual Summit to advance freedom by
strengthening international cooperation to make the world both
safer and better.
from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, and Turkey
joined us at Sea Island. We welcomed the unanimous approval of
U. N. Security Council Resolution 1546 on Iraq. We stand together
united in our support for the Iraqi people and the fully sovereign
Iraqi Interim Government as they seek to rebuild their nation.
our discussion of the Broader Middle East and North Africa, we
welcomed statements from the region on the need for reform. As
the leaders of the major industrialized democracies in the world,
we recognize our special responsibility to support freedom and
reform, and therefore we committed to:
a historic Partnership for Progress and a Common Future with
the governments and peoples of the Broader Middle East and
together with our partners a Forum for the Future, which will
root our efforts in an enduring dialogue in support of the
region's reform efforts. The first meeting of the Forum will
be held later this year.
a G-8 Plan of Support for Reform, which commits us to intensify
and, in partnership with the region, expand our already strong
individual and collective engagements, and launch new initiatives
to support: democracy, literacy, entrepreneurship/vocational
training, microfinance, and small business financing, among
support for reform in the region will go hand in hand with our
support for a just, comprehensive, and lasting settlement to the
Arab - Israeli conflict. We called upon the Quartet to meet in
the region before the end of the month to restore momentum on
Evian, we recognized the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
and their delivery systems, together with international terrorism,
as the pre-eminent threat to international peace and security.
Determined to prevent, contain, and roll back proliferation, we
adopted a G-8 Action Plan on Nonproliferation to reinforce the
global nonproliferation regime. This Action Plan enhances and
expands ongoing efforts, such as the Proliferation Security Initiative,
which now includes all G-8 members, and the G-8 Global Partnership
Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction.
The Action Plan addresses transfers of enrichment and reprocessing
equipment and technologies, and takes steps to strengthen the
International Atomic Energy Agency and to counter bioterrorism.
The Action Plan calls on all states to implement the recently
passed U.N. Security Council Resolution 1540, and addresses the
proliferation challenges in North Korea, Iran, and Libya.
terrorism poses a direct challenge to global security and prosperity.
We agreed to enhance our counterterrorism efforts by launching
the Secure and Facilitated International Travel Initiative (SAFTI)
to improve the security and efficiency of air, land, and sea travel.
We agreed to new measures to destroy excess stockpiles of Man-Portable
Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) and to prevent their proliferation.
welcomed the increasing strength of the global economy. We agreed
it was important to take advantage of the strong global economic
environment to implement further reforms to accelerate growth
in our countries. We noted the recent pledge by oil producers
to increase production. We recognized the need for balanced energy
policies, which increase energy supplies and encourage more efficient
energy use and conservation, including through new technologies.
recognized that we face a moment of strategic economic opportunity:
by combining the upturn in global growth with a worldwide reduction
of barriers to trade, we can deepen, broaden, and extend this
economic expansion. Therefore, we directed our ministers, and
called on all WTO members, to finalize the frameworks by July
to put the WTO negotiations back on track so that we can expeditiously
complete the Doha Development Agenda. We welcomed recent progress
toward Russia's accession to the WTO. We also recognized the need
to fight counterfeiting and piracy of intellectual property.
challenges faced by Africa, including armed conflict, HIV/AIDS,
famine, and poverty, represent a compelling call for international
cooperation to support the continent's efforts to achieve lasting
progress. We met with the Presidents of Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria,
Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda, and we committed to:
a G-8 Action Plan on Expanding Global Capability for Peace
a G-8 Action Plan on Applying the Power of Entrepreneurship
to the Eradication of Poverty;
and establish a Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise to accelerate
HIV vaccine development. The United States will host later
this year a meeting of all interested stakeholders in the
all necessary steps to eradicate polio by 2005 and close the
funding gap by our next Summit. We have already closed the
funding gap for 2004;
a new initiative on Ending the Cycle of Famine in the Horn
of Africa, Raising Agricultural Productivity, and Promoting
Rural Development in Food Insecure Countries; and
our commitment to fully implementing and financing the Heavily
Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative. We issued a separate
statement on HIPC.
development requires international cooperation and action on improving
our environment. We endorsed the Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle ("3
supported progress in the multilateral effort against corruption
and welcomed the completion of Comprehensive Anti-Corruption Compacts
with Georgia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, and Peru. We noted the role
information technology can play in promoting transparency.
also discussed regional challenges, including:
We agreed on the need for international support for upcoming
Afghan elections and counternarcotics efforts.
Withdrawal/Middle East Peace: We issued a separate statement
on Gaza Withdrawal and the Road Ahead to Middle East Peace.
We discussed how to meet Haiti's urgent needs for budget support,
electricity, and police, and called on all donors to do their
utmost to provide support at the July donors' conference and
to effect a sustainable future for this country.
Korea: We addressed the DPRK nuclear issue in our G-8 Action
Plan on Nonproliferation. We support the Six-Party Talks as
well as efforts by all concerned parties to achieve a comprehensive
solution by diplomatic means to the DPRK nuclear issue and
to other security and humanitarian issues, such as the abductions.
We issued a separate statement on Sudan. We welcomed the offer
of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to host our next
Summit in 2005.