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G8 events

Before the G8 Summit itself, there will be a number of events to promote the UK's G8 agenda

G8 wider events

6 June - Social Impact Investment Conference

Social impact investments are financial investments that not only have economic benefits, but also focus on generating a positive impact on society. The Social Impact Investment Conference was set up to help boost the growing social impact investment market - by exploring issues such as; how we can enable the market to operate effectively on a global scale, and how we can develop the role of social impact investing to help international development. Throughout the day there was a trade fair to showcase the UK’s social investment market, as well as sessions to discuss the latest innovations in the market.

8 June - Nutrition for Growth: Beating Hunger through Business and Science

The UK government and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) co-hosted this high-level international meeting. The event focused on reducing stunting and improving nutrition for pregnant women and young children. Countries, donors, foundations, businesses and civil society came together to accelerate action on ambitious targets, and on this significant day world leaders signed a global agreement to help beat hunger and malnutrition.

We will also work with a range of companies to both assess the progress and expand the reach of the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.

The event followed on from the UK-Brazil Hunger Summit held in London last summer, which highlighted the devastating consequences of under nutrition on children.

12 June - G8 Science Meeting

Science Ministers and Presidents of the Science Academies in G8 countries met to discuss the role of science in tackling global challenges. At the top of the agenda was dealing with global challenges, namely antibiotic resistance in medicine, and how governments can work together to develop new antibiotics and employ them more wisely.

They also discussed other pressing global challenges, including climate change, energy security and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Following the meeting, the group issued a statement, signed by all G8 members.

14 June - Innovation Conference

The Innovation Conference brought together today’s leading innovators, from the G8 and beyond. Openness to ideas and technologies from across the spectrum of business and society is essential for us to find solutions to the greatest challenges facing the world. With unique capabilities for taking a broad approach to innovation, the UK’s researchers, businesses and social enterprises will have central roles in global initiatives. From public policy to science and technology, this conference facilitated conversations that influence the dialogue throughout the UK G8 Presidency.

Read more on the G8 Innovation Conference here.

15 June – Open for Growth: Trade, Tax and Transparency event

This pre-Summit event involved wider discussions on trade, tax, and transparency with business, civil society and governments. It showed why open governments, open societies and open economies are essential for growth, jobs and sustainable development. Discussions centred on how we can work together to promote and practise fairer trade, proper taxes and more transparent investment in land, minerals, oil and gas.

Read more about the event and its outcomes here.

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