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G7 Leaders’ Summit, 2021
Written by BCCJ
May 20, 2021
The 47th G7 Summit is set to take place from June 11-13, presided over by the United Kingdom.
The Summit aims to unite leading democracies to help the world build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic and create a greener, more prosperous future.
The UK Presidency of the G7 aims to build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic by:
- leading the global recovery from the coronavirus while strengthening resilience against future pandemics;
- promoting future prosperity by championing free and fair trade;
- tackling climate change and preserving the planet’s biodiversity; and
championing global shared values
As well as welcoming G7 leaders to the UK in June for the Leaders’ Summit, the UK is hosting a number of meetings throughout the year between a variety of Government Ministers from the G7, both virtually and in different locations across the UK. These ministerial summits will cover economic, environmental, health, trade, technology, development and foreign policy issues.
Seven Ministerial Tracks are running throughout the year, each supporting a core part of the agenda to lead the world’s efforts to build back better from coronavirus:
- The Finance, Trade and Digital and Technology Ministers’ meetings will build back better by promoting future prosperity and championing free trade;
- The Health Ministers’ meeting will build back better by protecting people’s health and global resilience against future pandemics;
- The Climate and Environment Ministers’ meetings will build back better by protecting the planet; and
- The Foreign, Development and Interior Ministers’ meetings will build back better by championing shared values including democracy and human rights.
The UK Presidency will also draw on expertise and advice from all sectors across each nation, working with G7 Engagement Groups, as follows: Women 7, Youth 7, Business 7, Civil Society 7, Labour 7 and Science 7.
The seven G7 countries are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US. Represented jointly by the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, the EU participates in all discussions as a guest. The UK has also invited leaders from Australia, India and South Korea to attend the Leaders’ Summit as guest countries.
The 47th G7 Summit will be the first summit for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, U.S. President Joe Biden and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. It is likely to be the last summit attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.