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The G7 Summit

What is the G7 summit: When and where is it happening?

The 2022 G7 summit is taking place in Germany from 26th to 28th June.

What is the G7 Summit? 

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.  

Every year, since the 1970s, the leaders of these countries have gathered to discuss the most pressing global issues. This year marks the 47th meeting of the G7.

At the end of the summit, a statement of intent is issued, outlining what has been agreed. 

Where is the G7? 

Each member country takes it, in turn, to host the two-day G7 summit and take on the year-long Presidency. This year, Germany is hosting the G7 summit and is taking over the presidency. The important meeting will take place from June 26th to 28th at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria, Germany. 

What will happen at the 2022 G7 summit?  

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said at the Global Solutions Summit in Berlin in March 2022 that the war in Ukraine "must not lead us as the G7 to neglect our responsibility for global challenges such as the climate crisis or the pandemic. On the contrary, many of the goals we set ourselves at the beginning of the year are becoming even more pressing in light of the changed world situation."

The current state of the world makes it clear that the G7 partnership and agenda are more important than ever. The G7 meeting in 2022 is a crucial moment for world leaders to agree together on steps towards responding to the major global challenges.

Who will be at the G7? 

The following G7 participants are expected to go to Germany: 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, United Kingdom

Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Germany

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada 

President Emmanuel Macron, France

Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Italy

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Japan

President Joe Biden, United States 

EU President Ursula von der Leyen

European Council President Charles Michel

What are the key issues for this year’s G7? 

The German G7 Presidency focuses on five goals:

  • Strong Alliances for a Sustainable Planet: to protect the climate, the environment and biodiversity and to accelerate the global energy transition. 
  • Setting the Course for Economic Stability and Transformation: a shared focus on sustainable economic recovery from the effects of the pandemic and inclusive growth. 
  • Enhanced preparedness for healthy lives: vaccine equality for all and the investment in research and development for the future.
  • Sustainable investments in a better future: International cooperation for sustainable development. Particular focus areas will be food security and girls’ education.
  • Stronger together: a strong commitment to social justice, equality and inclusive digitalisation. The German Presidency will seek to strengthen the role of the G7 as bridge-builders and mediators for peace and security.

What is the IRC calling for from G7 leaders? 

Age of impunity

The Ukraine crisis is a recent example of the failure of the international legal and diplomatic system and a new era of impunity. This is not a one-off event, but the new normal – as the wars and conflicts in Syria, Yemen or the Sahel show.

The G7 communiqué must include a renewed political commitment to the rules-based international system and concrete political steps to strengthen accountability. 

food insecurity

There are already numerous food crises, where already existing urgent situations are exacerbated by the war in Ukraine. The Ukraine crisis will lead to food shortages and increases in price, thereby exacerbating existing hunger and economic crises in Afghanistan, East Africa and the Sahel region. We need to prioritise an immediate, scaled response to prevent famine while also build longer-term food security and resilience to future shocks. 

The G7 must commit to: 

  • Finance measures to prevent and combat hunger
  • Respond to hunger crises with gender and climate-sensitive approaches
  • Remove barriers to humanitarian assistance
  • Pursue anticipatory approaches for more effective interventions

Gender Justice 

Gender transformative approaches must be pursued on all G7 issues. Equality and gender equality and women's empowerment must be seen as essential not only to women's success but also to the success of the whole world. 

G7 members should commit to funding gender-based violence prevention and response, recognise the importance of a survivor-centred approach, and advocate for meaningful participation by women and girls. G7 members should include commitments on conflict-related gender-based violence in the communiqué, based on the 2021 report of the G7 Advisory Forum on Gender Equality.

The G7 summit 2021

In 2021, the United Kingdom held the presidency. Last year's G7 Summit took place in Cornwall in the United Kingdom. 

The focus of last year's summit was global trade, strengthening the global response to any future pandemics and tackling climate change. 

Boris Johnson asked G7 leaders to “build back better” from the coronavirus pandemic and “create a greener, more prosperous future”.  

The International Rescue Committee welcomed the Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Crises Compact included in last year's G7 Communique in response to rising hunger and malnutrition globally, exacerbated by COVID-19, the climate crisis, conflict and economic shocks. With numbers suffering acute hunger on the rise, the G7 has the opportunity to build on this commitment through urgent funding and building resilience to future shocks.  

You can read the IRC’s response to the final G7 communique here.