“G8 Priorities in 2005”
Ambassador Graham Fry joined the British Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1972. After intensive Japanese language training, he was assigned to the British Embassy in Tokyo, a posting he has been assigned to numerous times in a diplomatic career spanning more than 30 years. Ambassador Fry has also had a number of assignments at the FCO in London, more recently as Head of the Far Eastern & Pacific Department and Director-General of Economic Affairs. Ambassador Fry has also represented his country in France and Malaysia. He was appointed Ambassador to Japan in July 2004.
The UK has the Presidency of the G8 this year. Tony Blair has decided to focus the Summit on two topics: climate change and Africa. Why? What can the G8, including Japan do? And why focus on these issues now? Climate change is topical because the Kyoto Protocol has just come into effect. The problems of poverty in Africa are attracting attention because we are half-way to the target date, 2015, for the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. In both cases, the British Government fears that we are off course to achieve our targets and need to take a fresh look at the risks and the opportunities. Will others agree? What is the position of Japan and the other industrialized nations?