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Live updates: The IRC at the G7 Summit in Cornwall

Get live updates from the G7 summit in Cornwall

The Group of Seven - or G7 for short - is an organisation made up of the world's seven richest nations: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

This year, the UK is hosting the G7 summit and holds the Presidency. The key meeting with the G7 leaders will take place over the weekend, from June 11th to June 13th in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. 

The G7 is the first big test for Global Britain. Yet the aid cuts are undermining the UK’s leadership of the G7. The UK is set to spend 40% less on humanitarian aid than before the pandemic, at a time when the UN predicts that the humanitarian need in 2021 is almost 40% higher than in 2020. If Boris Johnson hopes to persuade other countries to increase funding for climate finance or for tackling famine, the UK  must lead by example and return to its longstanding commitment to spend 0.7% of its national income on aid.

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IRC's UK head of policy, Daphne Jayasinghe is in Cornwall as the G7 leaders arrive for the summit. She spoke to the Independent on what the UK aid cuts mean for the UK's G7 presidency:

The IRC is calling on world leaders to ensure that famine prevention, tackling climate change, supporting the COVID-19 economic recovery, and gender equality is high on the agenda for this year’s G7. The G7 represents a chance for change. Collective action to prevent famine is vital in the context of reduced and dramatically cut aid budgets. This is not the time to turn our backs on the most vulnerable. G7 leaders are convening at a time of unprecedented global crisis. Humanitarian needs are rising around the world. The number of people experiencing acute hunger rose from 135 million to 155 million across 55 countries in 2020. Without urgent action, an estimated 270 million will be at risk of acute food insecurity, in 2021.

Here are 5 ways the UK government can help end the hunger crisis: