For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 9, 2004
Day One G8 Accomplishments
Fact Sheet: Accomplishments at the G-8 Summit: Day One
"...[T]he United States has adopted a new policy, a forward strategy of freedom in the Middle East. This strategy requires the same persistence and energy and idealism we have shown before. And it will yield the same results. As in Europe, as in Asia, as in every region of the world, the advance of freedom leads to peace."
President George W. Bush
November 6, 2003
President Bush met with the G-8 Leaders at Sea Island, Georgia,
to advance freedom by strengthening international cooperation to make
the world both safer and better. Today, President Bush led the G-8
Outreach: The G-8 Leaders met today with Leaders of Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Jordan, Turkey, Yemen, and the new President of Iraq to discuss how to support efforts in the broader Middle East to pursue democracy, freedom, and prosperity.
Iraq: The G-8 Leaders welcomed the unanimous approval of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1546, and noted the importance of the Multinational Force for Iraq succeeding in it mission. The G-8 Leaders pledged to:
Broader Middle East Initiative: The G-8 Leaders committed to a historic "Partnership for Progress and a Common Future with the Region of the Broader Middle East and North Africa" to support political, social, and economic reform in the region. This Partnership builds on President Bush's "forward strategy of freedom," which he announced last November. Specifically, the G-8 committed to:
New Action Against Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD): President Bush outlined on February 11, 2004 an ambitious global nonproliferation agenda, stating: "There is consensus among nations that proliferation cannot be tolerated. Yet this consensus means little unless it is translated into action." The G-8 agreed today to advance this agenda by committing to:
The G-8 Leaders urged all states to implement recently passed U.N. Security Council Resolution 1540, which calls on countries to criminalize proliferation.
The G-8 Leaders also welcomed Libya's strategic decision to dismantle its weapons of mass destruction programs, and called for the complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear programs. The G-8 were united that Iran must comply fully with its Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and IAEA obligations.
Strengthening Global Counterterrorism Cooperation: President Bush and the G-8 Leaders launched the Secure and Facilitated International Travel Initiative (SAFTI) to enhance international counterterrorism cooperation by strengthening security of international travel. The SAFTI action plan commits the G-8 to 28 action items, including:
Private Sector-Led Growth: President Bush secured G-8 support for an innovative Action Plan on Applying the Power of Entrepreneurship to the Eradication of Poverty. President Bush has emphasized promoting economic freedom and entrepreneurship as the drivers of job creation and poverty reduction. The recent U.N. report, "Unleashing Entrepreneurship: Making Business Work for the Poor," underscores the importance of private sector-led development in poverty alleviation. Today, the G-8 committed to assist developing countries in:
Global Economy and Trade: President Bush highlighted U.S. leadership in boosting the global economy, which is expected to grow faster in 2004-2005 than in any two-year period since the late 1970's. G-8 Leaders agreed it was important to take advantage of the strong global economic environment to implement further reforms to accelerate growth in their countries.
President Bush and the other G-8 Leaders agreed that we face a moment of strategic economic opportunity: by combining the upturn in global growth with a worldwide reduction in trade barriers, we can deepen, broaden, and extend the current economic expansion. Thus, the G-8 Leaders committed to work toward an ambitious outcome in the core market areas of agriculture, goods, and services in the WTO Doha Development Agenda negotiations, and directed their trade ministers, and called on all WTO members, to finalize framework agreements by July to put the negotiations back on track to a successful conclusion.