As the current president of the G7, the UK is set to host the first in-person G7 summit in almost two years, in Cornwall, England, from 11-13th June 2021.
World leaders will be addressing shared challenges, from beating Covid-19 and tackling climate change, to ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change, and scientific discovery.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will use this summit to ask leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from Covid-19, uniting to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous.
The G7 – which is made up of the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the USA, and the EU – is the only forum where the world’s most influential societies and advanced economies are brought together for close-knit discussions.
The British PM’s ambition is to use the G7 to intensify cooperation between member states. To that end, he has invited leaders from Australia, India, and South Korea to attend as guest countries to deepen the expertise and experience around the table.
These nations, combined with those in the G7, represent 2.2 billion people and over half of the world’s economy. Securing agreement among them will have an even greater impact on the world, showing how nations are working together to make their citizens safer and more prosperous.
On his part, Johnson said: “Coronavirus is doubtless the most destructive force we have seen for generations and the greatest test of the modern world order we have experienced. It is only right that we approach the challenge of building back better by uniting with a spirit of openness to create a better future.”
2021 marks a crucial year of international leadership for the UK. In addition to the G7 Summit, in February the UK will assume the Presidency of the UN Security Council, and later this year the UK will host COP26 in Glasgow.
In past years the G7 has taken action to strengthen the global economy, save 27 million lives from Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and supported the education of millions of children in the poorest countries.
In 2015 its members led the way in helping secure the historic Paris Climate Agreement to limit global emissions.