The G7 Foreign and Development Track, led by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, is taking an integrated approach to tackling the foreign policy and international development challenges of the day, to support our overall Presidency ambition of building back better together.
The UK hosted the first in-person meeting of G7 foreign and development ministers in over 2 years at COVID-secure talks in central London from 3 - 5 May 2021.
The meeting was a crucial opportunity to revitalise in-person diplomacy and looked to establish a shared approach among the world’s leading democracies on equitable vaccine access, to agree global girls’ education targets, rigorous goals on climate finance and new measures to prevent famine and food insecurity.
As well as G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, US and UK, plus the EU) the Foreign Secretary also invited India, Australia, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, and the Chair and Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), to join parts of this year’s G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ meeting as guests. Their attendance will brought broader experience and geographic representation, and demonstrates the importance of the Indo-Pacific region.