From left, Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, French President François Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, European Council President Donald Tusk, and British Prime Minister David Cameron, walk past the Kaguraden as they visit Ise Jingu shrine in Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan, Thursday, May 26th, 2016, as part of the G7 Summit.
The 2016 G7 Summit was held in Ise-Shima, Japan on May 26th and 27th. At the event, seven world leaders discussed pressing issues that are affecting global society today. A wide variety of issues were discussed ranging from global economic growth, global health, counter terrorism efforts, and the refugee crisis.
The G7 declared that global growth was an “urgent priority”. As such, the Brexit Referendum was a key topic of discussion. The departure of Britain from the European Union is considered to be a potential hindrance to global economic growth. As such, the rest of the G7 implored the UK to refrain from leaving the EU.
In light of the recent outbreaks of the Ebola virus from West Africa and the Zika virus in from Central and South America, the G7 called for improvements in outbreak prevention and medical responses internationally. Furthermore, Universal Health Coverage (UHC), which proposes basic health services for all people internationally was discussed. Both Japan and France showed support for the proposal and wish to spread awareness and gain support for the initiative.
Counter terrorism was a subject of agreement among the G7 in that more needs to be done in prevention efforts going forward. Some of the counter terrorism measures that were discussed include: implementation of relevant UNSCR’s (United Nations Security Council Resolutions), increased information sharing and cooperation, and engagement with the private sector. There was also emphasis on the importance of empowering marginalized voices and creating more tolerance in society. It is hoped that by empowering marginalized communities and especially focusing on women and children, that violence and extremism can be curbed.
The G7 agreed that the refugee crisis effecting Europe is a global issue. Fixing the root causes of the mass migration is an initiative that all seven leaders support. Furthermore, the seven nations all pledged to offer more financial assistance in combating the issue.
The leaders of Chad, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and Laos met with the G7 leaders as part of an international outreach program. These talks revolved around investing in developing nation’s economies and fostering relationships.