The Group of Seven (G7) was an unofficial forum which brought together the heads of the richest industrialized countries: France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada (since 1976) and the President of the European Commission (starting officially in 1981). The summits were not meant to be linked formally with wider international institutions; and in fact, a mild rebellion against the stiff formality of other international meetings was a part of the genesis of cooperation between France's President Giscard d'Estaing and West Germany's Chancellor Helmut Schmidt as they conceived the first Group of Six (G6) summit in 1975.
|19th G7 summit|
State Guesthouse, Akasaka Palace
|Dates||July 7–9, 1993|
|Follows||18th G7 summit|
|Precedes||20th G7 summit|
The G7 is an unofficial annual forum for the leaders of Canada, the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The 19th G7 summit was the first summit for U.S. President Bill Clinton and the last summit for Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa. It was also the first and only summit for Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell and Italian Prime Minister Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.
|Core G7 members|
Host state and leader are shown in bold text.
|Canada||Kim Campbell||Prime Minister|
|Italy||Carlo Azeglio Ciampi||Prime Minister|
|Japan||Kiichi Miyazawa||Prime Minister|
|United Kingdom||John Major||Prime Minister|
|United States||Bill Clinton||President|
|European Union||Henning Christophersen||Commission Vice-President|
|Jean-Luc Dehaene||Council President|
The summit was intended as a venue for resolving differences among its members. As a practical matter, the summit was also conceived as an opportunity for its members to give each other mutual encouragement in the face of difficult economic decisions. Issues which were discussed at this summit included:
In 1993, the summit leaders called for an "international agreement" to "protect forests," but there is little evidence of follow-up action.