The leaders of the world's most industrialised nations gathered in Japan for the Group of Eight (G8) Summit, on 7-9 July 2008. In the northern mountain resort of Lake Toyako, Hokkaido, they confronted challenges of climate change, the food shortage, the rising global fuel prices, nuclear proliferation and development, especially in Africa. The G8 Summit is an international forum for the governments of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Each year the hosting of the G8 alternates among the member states. This year’s chair is Japan’s Prime Minister Yauso Fukuda, who said that "global warming is a huge challenge, and humanity has no time to lose." Global warming was indeed the centerpiece and the benchmark issue in 2008's summit, although civil society considered the G8 statement as 'rhetoric'.
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