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2017 G7 Summit

The 2017 G7 Summit, hosted by Italy, was held on May 26-27 in the Sicilian city of Taormina. The Italian Presidency 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. At the conclusion of the summit, G7 leaders released the G7 Taormina Leaders' Communiqué, which outlines the commitments made by the G7 on a wide variety of issues, including:

  • Global economy
  • Inequalities
  • Gender equalities
  • Trade
  • Human mobility
  • Food security and nutrition
  • Health
  • Africa
  • Climate and energy
  • Innovation, skills, and labor
  • Foreign policy issues

In the lead up to the G7 summit, G7 ministers convene for a series of preparatory meetings to discuss issues relating to culture, environment, foreign affairs, finance, transport, energy, labor, agriculture, health, science, industry, and information communications technology (ICT). These ministerial meetings conclude with a statement – or communiqué – outlining commitments, recommendations, and areas of suggested action. The following meetings have taken place in the build up to the Taormina summit:

  • The G7 ministers of culture meeting, held March 30-31 in Florence, produced a  joint declaration  which reaffirms their commitment to the protection of cultural heritage, particularly in a time of its destruction through conflict, natural disasters, and terrorism. The declaration also highlights the role of both the state and international organizations (such as UNESCO) in providing protective legal structures and cultural safeguarding procedures.

  • The G7 foreign ministers released a joint communiqué following their meeting in Lucca on April 10-11. Ministers expressed a strong commitment to challenging terrorism and countering violent extremism through international cooperation as well as building security, stability, and prosperity across a number of African and Middle Eastern countries. Also prioritized was the active promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms. The ministers supported the call to enhance the UN role in sustaining peace and recognized the key role of women within this process.

  • Held in Rome on April 9-10, the G7 energy ministers' meeting issued a chair’s summary report affirming G7 members’ commitment to the Paris Agreement (with the exception of the U.S. which reserved its position on this issue) and addressed developments since the 2016 Kitakyushu meeting. Identified priorities included energy security, new energy drivers, governing the energy transition, and global energy issues (specifically enabling access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable modern energy for developing countries).

  • On May 12-13, G7 finance ministers and central bank governors met in Bari and released a communiqué outlining their commitment to international economic and financial cooperation to achieve strong, sustainable, balanced, and inclusive growth.

  • From their June meeting, G7 environment ministers produced a communiqué that covered a number of environmental issues including the 2030 agenda for sustainable development; climate change and the implementation of the Paris agreement (the U.S. did not join the other member countries in these commitments); sustainable finance; and building capacity for sustainable development within Africa.

  • Building on previous G20 presidencies, the 2017 labor and employment ministerial declaration emphasized inclusive economic growth with quality job creation for all as a central focus. Achievement of which would rest upon international cooperation, an integrated policy approach, and use of international frameworks, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  • In the G7 Transport Ministers Declaration minsters declared their commitment  to maintaining existing infrastructure while leveraging investment to fund new infrastructure through innovative means. The statement also addressed other areas including the importance of public participation within infrastructure development, the role advanced technologies  and the need for strong cyber-security and data protection in the adoption of automated driving systems.

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.

Online Resources

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.

2017 G7 Summit Scorecard - The scorecard measures G7 commitments against policy recommendations given by the G7/G20 Advocacy Alliance in the 2017 G7 Policy Paper.

2017 G7 Delegation of Duties - This document identifies tasks that were delegated to international organizations by the G7 in 2017 in different priority areas, including when the tasks are due to be completed.