The United Kingdom will be hosting a three day G7 (Group of 7) summit in the coastal town of Carbis Bay located in South West England. Recovery from COVID-19 including vaccines, climate change and the economy will be among the most important issues discussed by the G7 leaders. India, along with South Korea, South Africa and Australia has been invited as guest countries for the 2021 edition of the G7 summit.
The G7 is a group of the seven most advanced economies of the world- the US, UK, Canada, Japan, France, Italy and Germany. Representatives from the European Union will also attend the summit. Russia used to be a part of the grouping (then called G-8) but was removed after its annexation of Crimea in 2014.
The theme of the G7 summit this year is “Build Back Better.” The host country, UK, has outlined four major aims for the summit:
- Leading the global recovery from COVID-19 and strengthening resilience against pandemics in future
- Promoting prosperity through free and fair trade
- Tackling climate change and protecting the biodiversity
- Championing shared values and open societies
Being a grouping of the world’s leading democracies, threats from China and Russia will be a major talking point for the G7.
Climate change will also be a focal point for the G7 countries ahead of the COP26 U.N. Climate Change Conference which will also be hosted by the UK later this year. “I’ll be urging leaders to cut emissions and preserve our planet,” UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a video message.
At the @G7 I’ll be urging leaders to cut emissions and preserve our planet.
But we all need to be part of this conversation. Schools around the UK can use @COP26’s new education packs to help get young people involved: https://t.co/toNAguoCEd#TogetherForOurPlanet pic.twitter.com/CbFrkNytDX
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) June 10, 2021
India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will be taking part in virtual outreach sessions of G7 on June 12 and 13. He had earlier been invited to the 2019 G7 summit held in France.