David Cameron
Cameron's agenda for the G8 summit 2012 Reuters

As world leaders gear up for the G8 summit at Camp David, Maryland, in the US, Prime Minister David Cameron set his country's agenda.

Although the eurozone crisis, North Korea and the Middle East are bound to come up during the meeting, four major issues are on the cards for the UK.

Recovery of the global economy, bringing political stability to volatile nations around the world, nations' contribution to Afghanistan after the troops pullout in 2014 and providing aid for developing nations are some of the key elements on Cameron's agenda.

Cameron also held a video conference with new French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti on Thursday ahead of the visit.

Global Economy

The issue of bringing stability to the global economy is expected to top Cameron's talks. "With families across the world struggling under the impact oil prices and a fragile global economy, we must renew our joint efforts to support growth, financial stability and energy security," wrote Cameron in Politics Home Website about his priorities for the summit.

Cameron insists that countries should work together in order to give the global economy a big stimulus.

The British prime minister is keen on improving trade relations between the EU and Japan, Canada and the US which are participating in the summit.

Political Turmoil around the World

Despite upheavals against authoritarian regimes, the fate of countries which have thrown out dictators remains uncertain. Cameron stresses that the issue needs to be addressed.

"We must support the march of democracy and freedom as the basis for stability around the world. Since we met last year, there have been free elections in Tunisia and Egypt. Qadhafi has fallen. Saleh has left power. And most recently of all, in Burma we have seen the courage and quiet dignity of Aung San Suu Kyi inspiring the beginnings of democracy," Cameron added.

The G8 countries are expected to mount pressure on Syria and Iran to introduce democratic reforms.


Cameron vowed to urge leaders to contribute to Afghanistan as the troops are to be pulled out by the end of 2014. The Nato summit later this year will decide the handover to Afghan troops.

"Today, the G8 accounts for four-fifths of the donor funding now going to the region. We must encourage other countries to step up and contribute to the future of Afghanistan, irrespective of the role they have played so far," said Cameron.


The prime minister is of the opinion that new commitments towards aiding poor countries should be brought to the table. "We must focus on achieving measurable results like schooling and vaccinations, and supporting investment in food and farming to tackle hunger and malnutrition. That is why it is right that the G8 this year is focusing on food security in Africa, a shared commitment to sustained and inclusive economic growth for agriculture, helping give people the tools they need to become self-sufficient," Cameron wrote.