Key agreements at G8 summit
The Group of Eight industrialised powers wrapped up three days of summit talks here yesterday.
Here are the key points of the agreements of the G8, which comprises Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States:
Climate Change: G8 leaders agreed on the need for the world to cut carbon emissions blamed for global warming by at least 50 percent by 2050 and for each nation to set its own target for a nearer term.
The statement is a step forward from last year's call to "consider seriously" such long-term cuts. But environmentalists and developing countries denounced the deal as toothless.
African Development: G8 leaders set a five-year deadline to commit 60 billion dollars in funding to help the continent fight disease, including pledging 100 million mosquito nets by 2010 which officials hoped would prevent thousands of deaths from malaria.
The nations renewed a commitment made three years ago to double aid for Africa to 25 billion dollars by 2010 and to look to further assistance after 2010.
Food Price Crisis: G8 leaders expressed "serious concern" about rising food prices. They called on nations with sufficient food stocks to release some of them to help others cope with soaring prices and said it was "imperative" to remove export restrictions.
Oil: G8 leaders called for an increase in oil production and refining capacities to help rein in soaring crude prices.
WTO Trade Talks: The G8 vowed to resist protectionist pressures and expressed "strong will" to work toward a breakthrough in free trade talks.
Zimbabwe: G8 leaders voiced "grave concern" about the violence-marred re-election last month of President Robert Mugabe. They warned of further action including financial measures against individuals behind the violence and recommended a UN special envoy.
Iran: G8 leaders urged Iran to end its uranium enrichment activities in line with UN Security Council resolutions and called on Tehran to respond positively to international mediation.
North Korea: G8 leaders urged North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons and cooperate in the verification of its dossier of nuclear programmes. In a key concern for Japan, the G8 leaders also urged progress in a row over North Korea's abductions of Japanese civilians in the 1970s and 1980s.