G-7 leaders are meeting today, June 11, in Cornwall, England, for the first face-to-face meeting in nearly two years, to discuss issues such as the “coronavirus pandemic” and “climate change. The first is the delivery of one billion doses of anti-coronavirus vaccine to poor countries.
After months of videoconferences, from today to Sunday, the seven leaders are determined to emphasize their unity in the face of global crises, sitting around the same table and seeking a common response to global crises, including the coronavirus pandemic and global seasonal changes. According to AFP, the G7 summit is first to announce the provision of one billion doses of anti-coronavirus Covid-19 vaccine to underdeveloped countries.
The 7-nation summit will run from today, Friday, through Sunday, with the leaders of Germany, France, Italy, Britain, Canada, Japan and the United States gathering in the seaside resort of Carbis Bay in southwest England. The U.K. is the rotating chair of the G7. In addition to work, today and tomorrow’s events include a reception for Queen Elizabeth II on Friday and a marshmallow barbecue on the beach on Saturday.
This is the first time that U.S. President Joe Biden has attended a G7 summit, as have Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
For German Chancellor Angela Merkel, it will be her last time at a 7-nation summit. Today Biden’s spokesman announced that on July 15, Biden will host Merkel at the White House.
For French President Emmanuel Macron, whether this will be his last G7 summit depends on the outcome of the French presidential election next year.