The road to Taormina: building the foundations of renewed trust

Photo By: U.S. Department of State

With just over two months until the G7 member states convene for the 43rd summit in Taormina, Italy, ministerial meetings are well underway, the priorities have been identified by the host nation, and civil society organizations are engaging with governments to influence the outcome. 

The Italian G7 presidency has established its mission – building the foundations of renewed trust - and published its priorities. Italy aims to achieve its mission through three core pillars:   

  • citizen safety, 
  • economic, environmental and social responsibility and reduction of inequalities, and  
  • innovation, skills and labor in the age of the next production revolution. 

InterAction’s G7/G20 Advocacy Alliance, a coalition of more than 50 U.S. non-governmental organizations, began preparation nine months prior to the summit. Their activities, convening working groups, developing policy recommendations (for both the G7 and G20) and promoting common messaging, all contribute to U.S.-based advocacy. In order to influence the priorities for the U.S., the Advocacy Alliance has recently published its 2017 G7 policy brief. The key recommendation areas are: Food Security and Nutrition (led by Oxfam and InterAction), Global Health (led by Save the Children), the Refugee Crisis (led by Committee for Refugees and Immigrants), Responsible Business Conduct (led by World Vision), and Women's Economic Empowerment (led by International Center for Research on Women). The brief offers clear guidance on the steps U.S. leadership should take to support the world's poorest and most vulnerable. 

At the end of January, John Ruthrauff, InterAction’s Director of International Advocacy, headed to Rome to participate in civil society strategy meetings, which developed policy positions that were presented to the G7 Sherpas (the personal representatives of the G7 heads of state). As part of this process, InterAction led a very productive dialogue between civil society representatives and the G7 Sherpas, which revolved around a number of issues including environment and climate; food security, nutrition and agriculture; migration; health; and gender rights.

As we now head into the final stages of the G7 journey, the policy brief will be used for advocacy work with the U.S. government including the White House, the Department of State and Treasury, and other relevant agencies in order to engage with key U.S. representatives.

View the Advocacy Alliance's new 2017 G7 policy brief.