Giving Compass’ Take:
• The authors relay four major decisions that happened at the G7 Summit which included strengthening commitments to female empowerment issues, educating women and girls in crisis environments, combating climate change, and financing global development.
• With these goals in mind, do G7 leaders have an accountability system in place to make sure that these leaders are responsible for following through with these initiatives?
• Read more about the young, female activists that attended the G7 meeting and the dialogue around global women empowerment initiatives.
By now you have probably seen the headlines and know that the recent G7 Summit, hosted by Canada, was one of the most tumultuous the group has seen. Tensions around the U.S. decision to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel reached a crescendo following President Trump’s early departure and decision to withdraw U.S. endorsement of the summit’s communique, threatening to unravel an already strained process for advancing international cooperation.
Yet, beneath the high political drama, global leaders took a number of important steps that are worth attention:
- Empowering women and girls: Canada made gender equality a top priority of its G7 presidency, creating for the first time a Gender Equality Advisory Council, co-directed by Melinda Gates, to ensure that equality was advanced across the entire G7 agenda.
- Educating women and girls in crisis environments: On the sidelines of the summit, Canada, the European Union, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the World Bank announced $3 billion in funding to educate girls and women in crisis and conflict situations, the largest investment of its kind.
- Combating climate change and cleaning the world’s oceans: In the summit’s communique, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the European Union all recommitted to implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change.
- Financing global development: G7 leaders also emphasized the important roles for both government resources as well as innovative financing options to deliver on the SDGs. Here, the G7, as both the world’s largest donors and largest host of private wealth, have an opportunity to explore new partnerships and other innovative tools to mobilize greater investment in development.
Read the full article about global development by Kaysie Brown at United Nations Foundation
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