is a Sherpa? The role of the sherpa at the g8 summit
the leaders of the Group of Eight, or G8, gather informally
at the annual Summit meeting.
Personal representatives of the G8 leaders, commonly referred
to as "Sherpas," meet throughout the year to prepare
for the Summit. Sherpa, a Nepali expert mountain guide, assists
climbers in ascending Himalayan summits and are essential
in ensuring a successful ascent to the top of the mountain.
In a similar fashion, the G8 Sherpas guide the leaders by
representing their leaders in negotiations that lead up to
The leaders' discussions at the Summit highlight priority
issues of the day. Most recently, the G8 leaders have focused
on economic growth and development, non-proliferation, counter-terrorism,
debt relief in developing countries and efforts to combat
infectious diseases. Following each Summit, the Sherpas continue
to meet to ensure that commitments made at the annual Summit