From 11-13 June, President of the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and President of the European Council Charles Michel represented the European Union at the 46th G7 Summit, hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.
It was the first G7 Summit since the 2019 summit in Biarritz. It comes after the G20 Global Health Summit and just before the EU-US Summit on 15 June. It will provide an impetus for the G20 Summit in October, the UN COP15 on Biodiversity in October, the COP26 on Climate Change in November, and the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference in December.
As societies and economies guided by shared values, G7 leaders commited to beating COVID-19 and tackling the recovery to ensure a more resilient international order. The UK Presidency's overarching theme this year is "Building Back Better" from the pandemic.
Key issues on the agenda:
G7 leaders will focus on a path to a strong, sustainable, balanced, inclusive and resilient growth. They will also address the immediate and long-term challenges in the global economy and society.
G7 members will reaffirm their commitment for a green and digital recovery, and commit to step up their efforts to ensure that the global recovery is a chance to tackle climate change, promote digital transition and social inclusion, and close the gender gap. They will also focus on geopolitical challenges, trade and development finance, and strengthening economic resilience.
Leaders will discuss key foreign policy issues, including Russia and Belarus, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, DPRK, Lybia and Iran.
Building on the G20 Global Health Summit and the World Health Assembly, G7 leaders will focus on how to improve global equitable access to vaccines and address bottlenecks in manufacturing. They are also expected to discuss ways to strengthen global health and health security, including strengthening the World Health Organisation.
Open societies and economies
G7 members will commit to strengthening the foundations of open societies, promote democracy, human rights, the rule of law, media freedom, and social inclusion.
Climate and nature
The G7 will reaffirm its commitment to the Paris Agreement and to strengthening and accelerating its implementation through robust national policies and scaled up international cooperation. Leaders will also commit to reverse global biodiversity ahead of the COP15 on biodiversity.