Brazilian President Lula de Silva told DW-WORLD.DE what he expects from the German G8 summit and explained why it's important to listen to developing countries when it comes to globalization.
Brazil's President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
I am looking forward to taking part in another G8 summit, this time in Heiligendamm.
We, the heads of state from South Africa, Brazil, China, India and Mexico will have the opportunity to continue the dialog with the most important industrial nations about the crucial topics on the international agenda that began in 2003 in Evian. I am convinced that, among other topics, climate change, sustainable development, the fight against hunger and against social marginalization as well as financing development are among the issues on which the most important emerging countries need to be heard from more and more. Not only because their populations are the most affected in an increasing networked and interconnected world, but also because in our countries there are more innovative approaches to finding solutions to these challenges.
I mean that the meetings taking place with the participation of the emerging countries will contribute to lending additional credibility and effectiveness on an international level to the G8's endeavors. For this reason, I make the case for the extended summit to become the core of a permanent forum where the developing and industrialized countries can transparently and representatively exchange their views on the issues that require a concentrated answer. In this way we will make a decisive step toward true global governance. This will enable the intensification of multilateral action to make globalization show more solidarity and become less asymmetrical.