L'AQUILA, Italy (AP) -- Leaders from the five fastest developing market economies join the G-8 for meetings Thursday.
Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa -- the so-called Group of Five -- will discuss climate change, development aid, the economy and international trade with their G8 counterparts.
The G-5, along with special invitee Egypt, issued a statement yesterday saying they're concerned about the state of the global economy, which they say "submits the developing countries to an inordinate burden resulting from a crisis they did not initiate."
They're calling for greater inclusion in international decision-making, noting members' positive contributions to tackling global challenges.
Germany and France have been particularly vocal that the G-8 needs to be expanded to better represent the world's population and economies.