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The G7 summit on 8-9 June 2018: main results

13/06/2018 - 09:59
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The G7 summit was held in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada, on 8-9 June 2018. It brought together the heads of state or government from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States as well as the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.

The summit provided an opportunity for leaders to discuss the latest developments in trade, climate and foreign affairs.

 

Economy and trade

G7 leaders vowed to fight protectionism and to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies.

They also committed to modernise the World Trade Organisation and to preserve the rules-based international trading system.

G7 leaders stressed the urgent need to avoid excess capacity in sectors such as aluminum and high technology.

They will continue to fight tax evasion and avoidance by promoting the global implementation of international standards and addressing base erosion and profit shifting.

Inclusive growth was also the leaders' agenda. They agreed to work together to ensure that economic growth benefits everyone and in particular those most at risk of being left behind.

They reaffirmed their commitment to eradicate poverty and inequalities, advance gender equality, and create decent work and quality of life for all.

 

Security and foreign policy

G7 leaders committed to defend democracies from foreign threats seeking to undermine their societies, elections, sovereignty and security.

G7 leaders reaffirmed their commitment to eradicate Daesh and its hateful ideology. They condemned the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime and by Daesh.

Regarding Iran, leader said that the country must respect its international obligations and commitments to never seek, develop or acquire a nuclear weapon.

G7 leaders also called for the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

 

On Russia, the Charlevoix G7 Summit Communique states:

“We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing behaviour to undermine democratic systems and its support of the Syrian regime. We condemn the attack using a military-grade nerve agent in Salisbury, United Kingdom. We share and agree with the United Kingdom’s assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation was responsible for the attack, and that there is no plausible alternative explanation. We urge Russia to live up to its international obligations, as well as its responsibilities as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, to uphold international peace and security. Notwithstanding, we will continue to engage with Russia on addressing regional crises and global challenges, where it is in our interests. We reiterate our condemnation of the illegal annexation of Crimea and reaffirm our enduring support for Ukrainian sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity within its internationally-recognized borders. We maintain our commitment to assisting Ukraine in implementing its ambitious and necessary reform agenda. We recall that the continuation of sanctions is clearly linked to Russia’s failure to demonstrate complete implementation of its commitments in the Minsk Agreements and respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and we fully support the efforts within the Normandy Format and of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe for a solution to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Should its actions so require, we also stand ready to take further restrictive measures in order to increase costs on Russia. We remain committed to support Russian civil society and to engage and invest in people-to-people contact.”

On gender equality and women's empowerment, the leaders of the G7 countries discussed how to remove barriers to women’s participation in social, economic and political spheres.

They stressed the value of education for girls and women to achieve gender equality in particular in developing countries.

The EU along with Canada, Germany, Japan, the UK, and the World Bank agree to invest close to 2.5 billion euro to improve access to quality education for girls and women worldwide.

On environmental protection, the EU reaffirmed its strong commitment to implement the Paris climate agreement, along with France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the UK.

G7 leaders discussed concrete actions with outreach partners to preserve oceans and to fight the threat of plastic waste.

 

More information:

The Charlevoix G7 Summit Communique

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