What is the G7?

This year, the UK takes on the Presidency of the G7 (Group of 7), the only forum where the world’s most influential and open societies and advanced economies are brought together for close-knit discussions.

Its leaders have gathered together annually since the 1970s, alongside the heads of the EU, with ministers from their governments meeting throughout the year. 

The seven members (UK, USA, Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Italy, plus the EU) are all bound by shared values as open, democratic and outward-looking societies. 

In past years the G7 has taken action to strengthen the global economy and combat tax evasion, save 27 million lives from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and supported the education of millions of children in the poorest countries. In 2015 its members led the way in helping secure the historic Paris Climate Agreement to limit global emissions. 

We are in unprecedented times. The Prime Minister will use the first in-person G7 Summit in almost two years to ask leaders to seize the opportunity to fight and build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener and more prosperous.

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