The G7 or the Group of Seven (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States), an inter-governmental political forum that talks about the biggest issues of the time, is on a three-day summit in Britain starting Friday. On its main agenda is the need for “a stronger global health system that can protect us all from future pandemics.”
Others included in the agenda are climate change, economic recovery, and trade. Also, initiatives to counter China’s growing clout.
PLYMOUTH — The G7 leaders meet for the first time fact-to-face in two years. With Britain as chair, the summit has to take place in England. It also expects this club of wealthy nations will pledge a billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to the world in an effort to end the pandemic by 2022.
“You’ve all been going through the most wretched pandemic the world has faced for at least our lifetimes…we need to make sure we learn lessons from the pandemic,” says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during the first session of the summit. The summit is taking place in the seaside resort of Carbis Bay, in Cornwall.
Representatives from the European Union are present while India, South Korea, and Australia have also been invited this year.
Russia joined in 1998, creating the G8, but was excluded in 2014 for its takeover of Crimea.
China has never been a member, despite its large economy and having the world’s biggest population. Its relatively low level of wealth per person means it is not seen as an advanced economy in the way the G7 members are. (TC/The MiNT)
Featured image: The Tregenna Castle Resort in Cornwall where Britain hosts the G7 Summit 2021.