OECD Preparatory Work for the G8 Summit (links)

May 23, 2006

Paris, 22 May 2006

The G8 and OECD work very closely together. Top OECD officials meet periodically with the personal representatives of the G8 leaders (Sherpas and sous-Sherpas) to discuss current and future OECD work related to G8 issues. It has also become a tradition that the OECD holds its annual  Meeting of the Council at Ministerial Level  four to six weeks before the Summit meeting to promote the best possible co-ordination.

For  this year's Summit in Saint Petersburg , Russia, the top priorities laid down by President Vladimir Putin are global energy security ,  education , and fighting infectious diseases . The OECD, and the International Energy Agency, have been co-operating very closely with the Russian presidency in the preparation of the G8 discussions.

Other issues to be discussed at the G8 Summit are: development of the global economy ,  finance and trade ,  environment ,  settlement of regional conflicts  and  counterterrorism .

For OECD reports on Russia: www.oecd.org/ccnm/russia .

For OECD work on G8 priorities for 2006 Summit, read below.

Global energy security

Diversity, efficiency and flexibility within the energy sector are basic conditions for longer-term energy security. The  International Energy Agency , together with the  Nuclear Energy Agency , aim to help governments around the world achieve a sustainable energy future through curbing energy import dependence and lessening economic vulnerability to high energy prices.

Trends and Analysis 

Looking Ahead

For further information on OECD work on energy: www.oecd.org/energy .


Both individuals and countries benefit from education. For individuals, the potential benefits lie in the general quality of life and in the economic returns of sustained, satisfying employment. For countries, the potential benefits lie in economic growth and the development of shared values that underpin social cohesion. The OECD helps countries achieve high-quality learning for all; one that contributes to personal development, sustainable economic growth and social cohesion.

Trends and Indicators


For further information on OECD work on education: www.oecd.org/education .

Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases account for more than 17 million deaths worldwide each year, 95% of them in developing countries. The wider effects of infectious diseases extend beyond the risks of spreading infection from the affected country and pose a threat to global economic development and security.

For further information on OECD work on health: www.oecd.org/health .

Development of the Global Economy

For further information on OECD work on economics and growth: www.oecd.org/economics & www.oecd.org/growth .

Finance and Trade

For further information on OECD work on finance and trade: www.oecd.org/finance & www.oecd.org/trade .


For further information on OECD work on environment and sustainable development: www.oecd.org/environment & www.oecd.org/sustainabledevelopment .

Settlement of Regional Conflicts

For further information on OECD work on development co-operation and development: www.oecd.org/dac & www.oecd.org/development .


For further information on OECD work on insurance and the international futures programme: www.oecd.org/insurance & www.oecd.org/futures .

For further information,  journalists are invited to contact the OECD Media Relations Division at news.contact@oecd.org ; (tel: [33] 1 45 24 97 00).

Also available:

Travaux de l'OCDE portant sur les priorités du G8 au Sommet de 2006


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