The conclusions of the 2005 Gleneagles Summit represent substantial and ambitious

policy commitments by the G8 countries. Arriving at those conclusions required

lengthy and at times difficult negotiations. This chapter explores the negotiation

from the perspective of the United Kingdom, outlining the process through which

agreement was reached on the major themes of the UK presidency of the G8,

African development, and climate change. It then considers how implementation

of these agreements has been taken forward since then. This analysis shows that

the Gleneagles Summit produced major achievements backed by a strong, shared

political will to carry them out. The UK’s presidency again demonstrated that the

G8, for all its imperfections, is a unique and valuable part of global governance,

with the capacity to mobilise political and economic resources to confront shared