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G8 Summit

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Upon advice by his personal physician, Professor Vogel from Rostock, the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg, Friedrich Franz I. of Mecklenburg-Schwerin founded the first German seaside resort in the vicinity of his summer residence, Bad Doberan. Prof. Vogel wanted to use "the undoubtedly healthful effects of bathing in seawater upon a great number of bodily weaknesses and illnesses". And this should now be made possible in Heiligendamm, too.

Thereupon the unique, impressive architectural ensemble of guest houses, bathhouses and casinos was built between 1800 and 1870, the unrivaled "White Town by the Sea”: Beauty, Opulence. The inscription "HEIC TE LAETITIA INVITAT POST BALNEA SANUM" (approx. “Cheerfulness will await you here when you emerge from the bathe recovered”) on the gable of the Kurhaus built by master builder Severin between 1814 and 1816, became the motto of the people living and lodging in the very elegant seaside resort of Heiligendamm. The masters of and in Heiligendamm changed, but the city remained one of the most exclusive seaside resorts until shortly before the end of WW II. In 1948, the health and spa business was reestablished in the GDR and between 1957 and 1990 Heiligendamm became a sanatorium of the social insurance.


The G8 Summit took place in Heiligendamm from 6 to 8 June 2007. G8, or more precisely “Group of Eight”, is the term used for eight of the world’s most powerful national economies. These are: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States of America.


Together, these nations earn 63 percent of the world’s GDP. "G8" is also one of the most important international forums with considerable global responsibility. The G8 widely lacks an administrative structure. However, the country actually holding the G8 presidency plays an important role. "Meeting the challenges: Growth and Responsibility" – this was the motto that should characterize this year’s G8 negotiations under German presidency.

The framework conditions of the global economy, the further integration of the meanwhile stronger threshold countries into the system or into the alliance for global responsibility, climate protection and the development in Africawere in the focus of the agenda of this year’s G8 Summit in Heiligendamm.

In addition to the aforementioned threshold countries Brazil, India, China, Mexico and South Africa, delegations from Egypt, Algeria, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa joined the meeting and represented the African continent.



The following topics were on the agenda that had been developed during the previous months on the initiative of the German Government:


  • "Perspectives for the African economy": Why is poverty a widespread problem particularly inAfrica? How can the chances for an economic development be improved?
  • "HIV and AIDS": How can the disease be fought effectively?
  • "New challenges for the global economy – The protection of intellectual property and the assumption of social responsibilities by business enterprises”: How can companies protect their inventions against cheaper copies? How would a "copy protection" affect the provision of essential medicines – e.g. against AIDS - for the poorest?
  • "Climate change and effective use of energy": How can we manage the climate change and the related effects, save energy and make better use of existing resources?
  • Education as a prerequisite of economic prosperity in industrialized and developing countries,
  • Debt relief for the poorest countries, and
  • Bridging the digital divide.


In the weeks before the summit, Laage Airbase was turned into a strong fortress. Not only as a military installation was it of growing importance. The focus was on the security of state guests arriving or departing by air. Police, military police and soldiers worked together and managed to secure the installation and the save transfer of the delegations without a single incident.


Tactical Fighter Wing 73 "Steinhoff" Laage

Time period:

06.06.2007 - 08.06.2007


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