G7/G20: G7 Resources
2017 G7 Summit
The 2017 G7 Summit, hosted by Italy, will be held on May 26-27 in the Sicilian city of Taormina. The Italian Presidency has set the mission of the 2017 summit as "Building the Foundations of Renewed Trust", and the program of work will fall into three broad pillars: (1) citizen safety, (2) economic, environmental, and social sustainability and reduction of inequalities, and (3) innovation, skills, and labor in the age of the next production revolution. The specific "target areas" that fall within these pillars are:
- Management of human mobility
- Stability in sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA region
- Prevention of terrorism
- Inclusive growth
- Energy and climate change
- Food security and nutrition
- Women's and girls' economic empowerment
- Production innovation
- Knowledge-based capital and enabling infrastructures
- Future of work and welfare systems
While there is some variation in summit outcomes from year to year, it is plausible that the 2017 summit might deviate more substantially from those of recent years. Recent elections have brought in Donald Trump and Theresa May as new heads of state in the United States and the United Kingdom respectively, while France's April elections will also bring in a new a head of state after Francois Hollande announced he would not seek reelection for a second term. Italy too has a new head of state in Paolo Gentiloni, who succeeded Matteo Renzi as the Italian Prime Minister following the latter's resignation in December 2016. This means that fewer than half of the G7 heads of state who attended the 2016 G7 Summit will attend the upcoming summit.The returning G7 leaders are Germany's Angela Merkel, Japan's Shinzo Abe, and Canada's Justin Trudeau.
Furthermore, the summit will be held amid a backdrop of rising nationalism and skepticism around globalization. For example, this G7 summit will be the first held post-Brexit, and will come just two months after Britain begins Brexit negotiations with the EU. Similarly, the status of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is very much up in the air, and the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) was only recently passed by the European parliament following seven years of negotiation and stiff resistance. Increasing flows of refugees and migrants have heightened concerns among many in G7 countries, leading some to call for a reduction or complete cessation of inflows. These are just a few of the issues the G7 will seek to address when they meet in Taormina in May.
The Taormina Summit is preceded by a wide variety of preparatory meetings at which the summit priorities will be further developed and the final Leaders' Communique will be drafted. For more on preparatory meetings related to the 2017 G7 Summit, including information on summit priorities and G7 participants and representatives, check out our 2017 G7 Calendar.
2016 G7 Summit
The 42nd G7 Summit was held May 26-27 in Ise-Shima, Japan. Leaders from the G7 countries convened at the Shima Kanko Hotel on Kashiko Island in Japan's Mie Prefecture, where they discussed major global economic and political challenges. During the summit, G7 leaders released the 2016 Ise-Shima Leaders' Declaration, which outlines the commitments made by the G7 on a wide variety of global issues, including:
- Global health
- Women's economic empowerment
- Food security & nutrition
- Supply chains
- Infrastructure investment
- Climate change and energy
- Global economy and trade
- 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals
- Foreign policy issues including counter-terrorism, the Middle East, Ukraine, and North Korea
As with previous summits, the 2016 summit was preceded by a series of ministerial meetings at which G7 ministers discussed issues relating to foreign policy, agriculture, health, education, and other areas. Many of these ministerial meetings conclude with a communique or statement regarding the agenda and issues discussed. The following meetings were convened in the buildup to the 2016 G7 Summit:
- The Foreign Ministers' Meeting, held April 10-11 in Hiroshima, produced a joint communiqué in which ministers expressed G7 countries' determination to coordinate efforts and action to tackle global challenges including terrorism, violent extremism, and political instability, as well as new types of security threats and nontraditional threats.
- A meeting between G7 Agriculture Ministers, held April 23-24 in Niigata, produced a declaration that places global food security and nutrition at the core of the global agenda.
- ICT ministers, following their meeting on April 29-30 in Takamatsu, released a joint declaration in which they commit to promoting access to ICT, promoting and protecting the free flow of information, fostering innovation, using ICT to address global challenges and opportunities, and strengthening comprehensive international cooperation and collaboration.
- The Energy Ministers' Meeting, held May 1-2 in Kitakyushu, produced this joint statement, which discusses developments since the 2015 energy meeting, including volatile energy prices and the COP21 Paris Agreement.
- Education ministers released this declaration following their meeting in Kurashiki on May 14-15. The declaration discusses the new role of education, how to improve and enhance teaching and learning, and the new paradigm for international cooperation.
- The Environment Ministers' Meeting, held May 15-16 in Toyama, produced a communiqué in which they outline seven themes: the 2030 Agenda, Resource Efficiency and the 3Rs ("Reduce", "Reuse", and "Recycle"), Biodiversity, Climate Change and Related Measures, Chemicals Management, the Role of Cities, and Marine Litter.
2017 G7 Calendar - The U.S. G7/G20 Advocacy Alliance has created a schedule of 2017 G7 meetings and events, along with additional background information.
2017 G7 Policy Paper - The U.S. G7/G20 Advocacy Alliance has composed a policy paper detailing its recommendations for the summit.