In addition to the G8 heads of state, the meeting was attended by leaders from 19 countries and eight international organisations. The leaders of Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Australia, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Spain, China, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Korea, Turkey, and Denmark were invited to the final meeting, as well as executives from the African Union, United Nations, World Trade Organisation, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, International Labour Organisation, International Energy Agency, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The discussion addressed issues of providing international aid to African countries in order to overcome the effects of the global financial and economic crisis, including through modern infrastructure, and ensuring global energy and food security.
Dmitry Medvedev presented Russia’s suggestions for overcoming the food crisis, taking into consideration the decisions made at the World Grain Forum in St Petersburg, and shared the conclusions he drew following his trip to Africa.
Following the discussion, a joint G8-Africa statement on water and sanitation, and a joint statement by all participants on global food security were released.
Following the working meeting, summit participants gathered in L’Aquila’s town square. The leaders paid tribute to the victims of the recent earthquake in Central Italy with a moment of silence.