InterAction Releases Policy Recommendations for G7 Summit in Ise-Shima, Japan

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On May 26-27, leaders from seven of the world’s major advanced economies will meet in Ise-Shima, Japan for the 2016 G7 Summit. The first summit since the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, G7 leaders meeting in Japan will discuss a number of policy questions vital to global efforts to help poor and vulnerable communities around the world.

As a tool for policymakers, members of the press, and others planning to attend the summit, InterAction has released the top policy recommendations from its 2016 G7 policy paper. This includes recommendations on:

Additional information and online resources on both the upcoming G7 Summit can be found at: www.interaction.org/g7g20


2016 G7 Summit Recommendations - G7/G20 Advocacy Alliance (US)

Ise-Shima, Japan (May 26-27)

When the G7 leaders meet in May to discuss pressing global issues, it is imperative that they take action to address the needs of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Below are the top recommendations of the G7/G20 Advocacy Alliance (US), a group of 45 non-governmental organizations. They call for the United States to play a leading role in encouraging the G7 to take the following actions:

Food Security and Nutrition

G7 Policy Team Lead: Lucy Martinez Sullivan, 1,000 Days

  1. To achieve SDG 2, the G7 should create a financial accountability framework to monitor food security, agriculture, and nutrition investments:
    1. With annual public reporting;
    2. That addresses the shortcomings of L’Aquila’s FNS monitoring with enhanced transparency, disaggregated data on vulnerable groups, uniform accounting, reporting codes weighting, and a schedule to fulfill outstanding pledges.
  2. Accelerate meeting SDG 2 and Elmau’s promise by mobilizing re-sources and attending the Rio Nutrition for Growth Summit.
    1. Explicitly commit each member to mobilize resources and attend the Summit at the highest level.
  3. Reaffirm investments to benefit vulnerable populations, including small-scale producers, women, and children, by improving nutrition outcomes and integrating gender.
    1. Increase technical and financial support to existing efforts, including the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program, and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program.

Global Health

G7 Policy Team Lead: Smita Baruah, Save the Children 

  1. Develop an Action Plan for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2.2 and 3 that:
    1. Sets interim targets for ending preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths and malnutrition with a particular focus on accelerating the reduction of newborn deaths.
    2. Sets interim targets for ending the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and neglected tropical diseases and other communicable diseases.
  1. Fulfill G7 Commitments on Health Systems Strengthening:
    1. Increase financing for health through domestic resource mobilization, including the Addis Tax Initiative that aims to build fairer tax systems, at the national and global levels.
    2. Support the WHO, OECD, and the ILO in creating a High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth.
  2. Implement official development assistance commitments by:
    1. Proposing a G7 plan to help close the financing gap to meet the SDG framework, particularly to meet the health needs of newborns, children, and mothers, to close the global annual funding gap of $220 million for neglected tropical diseases and to close the $1.5 billion funding gap for polio.
    2. Catalyzing G7 contributions to the fifth replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to reach the target of $13 billion.

Responsible and Equitable Supply Chains

G7 Policy Team Lead: Daisy Francis, World Vision

  1. Release the US National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct to encourage responsible and transparent business conduct overseas that is:
    1. Consistent with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (MNEs).
    2. Encourage all G7 members to similarly issue their National Action Plans.
  2. Release a comprehensive G7 Action Plan to strengthen National Contact Points (NCPs), which will build on the Elmau Summit commitments.
    1. Implement the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
    2. Pledge to work toward an inclusive, rights-based, accountable, and transparent process for supply chains, especially in MNEs and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs).
  3. Lead a coherent and coordinated intervention by G7 members during the general discussion on “decent work in global supply chains” at the 105th session of the International Labour Conference in June 2016.
    1. Outline steps to be taken to address gender inequity, the erosion of social protections, and child labor in global supply chains.

Women’s Economic Empowerment

G7 Policy Team Lead: Lyric Thompson, International Center for Research on Women

  1. Unpaid care work should be incorporated into national accounts to inform policy makers of its significance and value.
    1. Time use and time poverty should be monitored and used as an indicator to measure the impacts of policies and programs on the household and women and girls in particular.
  2. G7 countries should focus on employment and sustainable livelihoods as the principal means by which people gain and maintain access to economic resources for the wellbeing of themselves and their families.
    1. G7 countries should commit to formalize informal work and reduce women´s burden. If the G7 is to reduce the workforce gender gap by 25% by 2025, countries must prevent the informalization of work and achieve the training target of 30%.
    2. This needs to include skills-building and recognition, particularly for migrant women in the wake of recent humanitarian crises.
  3. G7 countries should reaffirm commitments to foster decent work that ensures access to adequate social protection.
    1. Social protection measures should be used as key policy instruments to address poverty, reduce class and gender inequality and accelerate economic development.

While the above statement is not designed to be a consensus position of the contributors, it has been endorsed by InterAction’s leadership. Each set of recommendations was developed by a Policy Team of the G7/G20 Advocacy Alliance (See a full list of contributing NGOs for each 2016 G7 Policy Team).

For more information please contact: John Ruthrauff, InterAction's international advocacy director and G7/G20 Alliance (US) coordinator.