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G7

Canada

Jun
8
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Jun 9, 2018
44th
G7
Forum
Summit
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scheduled to be
hosted in
Charlevoix, Quebec
,
Canada

about

Working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy

During its 2018 G7 presidency, Canada demonstrated global leadership, engaged G7 counterparts on pressing global challenges and advanced domestic and international priorities.

An important aspect of Canada’s presidency was the transparent and inclusive engagement with Canadian and international stakeholders. In addition to extensive in-person engagement sessions that took place across Canada, the G7 presidency reached out across multiple digital and social media channels to engage with Canadians throughout the year—and heard from thousands of stakeholders. Guided by this stakeholder engagement, Canada put forward an agenda that was relevant to Canadians and focused on global issues of interest to G7 partners. Canada welcomed the contribution to the 2018 presidency from seven engagement groups: Business 7 (B7), Civil Society 7 (C7), Labour 7 (L7), Science 7 (S7), Think Tank 7 (T7), Women 7 (W7) and Youth 7 (Y7).

On June 8 and 9, Canada hosted the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec—the highlight of the G7 calendar. G7 leaders held frank and constructive discussions on key global issues built around Canada’s themes:

  • investing in growth that works for everyone
  • preparing for jobs of the future
  • advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy
  • building a more peaceful and secure world

At the Summit, Canada, the European Union, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the World Bank announced an investment of nearly $3.8 billion to support quality education for women and girls living in crisis and conflict-affected and fragile states. Canada announced $400 million toward this initiative.

Canada welcomed leaders from Argentina, Bangladesh, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Marshall Islands, Norway, Rwanda (as chairperson of the African Union), Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa and fellow APEC member Vietnam, as well as the heads of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, for a special outreach session focused on how to build resilient coasts and communities, sustainable oceans and fisheries, and the problem of plastics in our oceans. After the session, Canada announced an investment of $100 million to rid our oceans of global marine litter and plastic pollution and $162 million to build stronger and more resilient coasts and communities in climate-vulnerable countries, including for small island developing states.

In addition to the Summit, Canada hosted four sets of G7 ministerial meetings, which aligned with the themes of Canada’s 2018 presidency:

  • Employment and innovation ministers met under the theme of Preparing for Jobs of the Future.
  • Foreign affairs and security ministers met under the theme of Building a More Peaceful and Secure World.
  • Finance and development ministers met under the theme of Investing in Growth That Works for Everyone.
  • Environment, oceans and energy ministers met under the theme of Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy.

Canada integrated the fifth theme of Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment across all themes, activities and outcomes of Canada’s 2018 presidency.

Gender Equality Advisory Council

In its role as president, Canada created the Gender Equality Advisory Council for its G7 presidency in 2018. The Council was mandated to promote a transformative G7 agenda and support leaders and ministers in ensuring that gender equality and gender-based analysis were integrated across all themes, activities and outcomes of Canada’s G7 presidency.

The Council carried out its mandate by advising the G7 presidency and recommending concrete actions for the G7 to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment across all areas of the G7’s work. Council members participated in each of the G7 ministerial meetings and in one sherpa meeting, sharing their perspectives and recommendations with all G7 delegations.

On June 4, 2018, the Council launched its report, Make Gender Inequality History, proposing concrete recommendations for G7 action that call for:

  • safe, healthy, educated, heard and empowered girls and women, supported with the resources and opportunities they need to be agents of change in their own lives and for a better world
  • societies in which girls and women are equally represented in decision-making bodies and are free from harassment and violence
  • economies that are prosperous, innovative, inclusive and more equitable
  • a healthy and sustainable planet
  • a world that is peaceful, just and secure

Recommendations from the Council to make gender inequality history

Council meetings

The Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 presidency conducted virtual meetings and online exchanges throughout the year.

The Council held its first in-person meeting on April 25 and 26, in Ottawa, to discuss how to promote a transformative G7 agenda and support leaders and ministers in ensuring that gender equality and gender-based analysis are integrated across all themes, activities and outcomes of Canada’s G7 presidency. The Council also discussed its preliminary recommendations with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Council met with several cabinet ministers, the Women 7 (W7) formal engagement group and a variety of stakeholders.

The Council held its second in-person meeting on June 8, in Québec, to further discuss the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the G7 context. On June 9, the Council participated in an engagement session with G7 leaders at the Charlevoix Summit.

Council’s final report and recommendations for future G7 presidencies

The Council’s final report, submitted to Canada’s G7 presidency in December 2018, provides an outline of progress made on gender equality under the Canadian presidency. It includes an assessment of past G7 commitments and offers recommendations for future G7 presidencies.

The report attests to considerable progress under Canada’s leadership, including the creation of the Gender Equality Advisory Council, the release of the Council’s Make Gender Inequality History report, a marked increase in the inclusion of gender equality issues and voices in G7 meetings and processes, and strengthened gender equality commitments across G7 outcomes.

In 2018 more G7 outcome documents and reports integrate or explicitly address gender equality than ever before: 81% compared to an average of 46% over the past five years. Together with the substantial financial commitment at Charlevoix to quality education for girls, adolescent girls and women in crisis and conflict situations, support for gender equality and women’s empowerment will stand as a central part of Canada’s 2018 G7 legacy.

The Council’s final report identifies gender equality gaps for future action by the G7 and offers recommendations for future G7 presidencies.

The G7 members' final statement contains 28 points. US President Donald Trump did not agree to the economic section of the final statement. The G7 members also announced to recall sanctions and to be ready to take further restrictive measures against Russian Federation for the failure of Minsk Agreement's complete implementation.

topics

Economic growth

The notion of ”economic growth that works for everyone” or “equitable growth”, known as 'Croissance Équitable' in French,is rooted in the papal encyclical Rerum Novarum which has had a profound influence on the economic thought of French and Quebecois policy makers—including Pierre Elliott Trudeau and other alumni of the Université de Montréal.

It holds that governments and institutional investors must always have in mind the best interests of employees when making investment decisions—including decent wages and pension benefits. Engaged employee-nominated pension board members are expected to contribute to the development of the equitable investment ethos that will drive this economic approach.

Gender equality

Canadian and French thought leaders have stressed the need to achieve gender equality across all economic sectors by using modern, quantitative managerial tools that can help more precisely measure gender pay gaps and thus inform corrective policy measures at both the corporate and government level. Meeting in Paris, Montreal and Toronto in the weeks leading up to the Charlevoix summit, Canadian and European asset owners and policy makers agreed on the need to step up and assume more responsibility for the advancement of women's rights and other “related social parameters” across all assets classes.

In that perspective, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce a distinct G7 sustainability initiative focusing specifically on gender diversity across global capital markets—for which "the Canada Pension Plan, OMERS, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan are each expected to pitch in [initially] $1 million apiece, with another $5 million from the federal government."

Melinda Gates and Isabelle Hudon served as co-chairs of the Gender Equality Advisory Council created by the Trudeau government for the G7 summit.

Climate change, oceans and clean energy

World Pensions Council (WPC) economist Nicolas J. Firzli has argued that, in spite of the United States withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, the G7-driven process of international consensus-building could still be tilted in favor of renewed cooperation towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals—thanks notably to Justin Trudeau's multilateralist approachand the rapid shift towards ESG-informed investment policies amongst US and Canadian institutional investors.

PARTICIPATING LEADERS

Canada

Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau

Host

France

President
Emmanuel Macron

Host

United States

President
Donald Trump

Host

Germany

Chancellor
Angela Merkel

Host

Italy

Prime Minister
Giuseppe Conte

Host

Japan

Prime Minister
Shinzō Abe

Host

United Kingdom

Prime Minister
Theresa May

Host

European Union

Council President
Donald Tusk

Host

European Union

President of the European Commission
Jean-Claude Juncker

Host

possible

Invited guests

There are currently no invitees.

international organization guests

African Union Commission

Moussa Faki

Klaus Schwab
Founder and Executive Chairman

France

Laurent Fabius
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Azerbaijan

Ilham Aliyev
President

Robert Mugabe
President

Malaysia

Najib Raza
Prime Minister

Carsten Lexa
Chair

Sabic

Mr. Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan
Chairman B20

Germany

Angela Merkel
Chancellor

Hong Kong

Carrie Lam
Chief Executive

New Partnership for Africa's Development

Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki
Chief Executive officer

European Union

Ursula von der Leyen
Commission President

European Union

Donald Tusk
Council President

European Union

Charles Michel
Council President

Saudi Arabia

Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud
Crown Prince

Arab Monetary Fund ( AMF)

Dr. Abdulrahman A. Al Hamidy
Director General

World Trade Organization

Roberto Azevêdo
Director General

Saudi Arabia

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
King

Jordan

HM King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein
King of Jordan

International Monetary Fund

Kristalina Georgieva
Managing Director

Alnahda

Dr Thoraya obaid
Member of the Board of Directors

Argentina

Axel Kicillof
Minister of the Economy

World Bank Group

David Malpass
President

Burkina Faso

Roch Marc Christian Kaboré
President

Chile

Sebastián Piñera
President

France

Emmanuel Macron
President

United States

Donald Trump
President

Egypt

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
President

Rwanda

Paul Kagame
President

Senegal

Macky Sall
President

South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa
President

Peru

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
President

Peru

Martín Vizcarra
President

Russia

Vladimir Putin
President

Indonesia

Joko Widodo
President

Brazil

Jair Bolsonaro
President

Mexico

Andrés Manuel López Obrador
President

Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte
President

Taiwan

Tsai Ing-wen
President

Vietnam

Nguyễn Phú Trọng
President

South Korea

Moon Jae-in
President

China (PRC)

Xi Jinping
President

Argentina

Mauricio Macri
President

United States

Barrack Obama
President

France

François Hollande
President

Mexico

Enrique Peña Nieto
President

Brazil

Michel Temer
President

South Africa

Jacob Zuma
President

South Korea

Park Geun-hye
President

Brazil

Dilma Rousseff
President

Herman Van Rompuy
President

Turkey

Ahmet Davutoğlu
President

Turkey

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
President

European Central Bank

Christine Lagarde
President

Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)

Dr. Bandar M. H. Hajjar
President

Spain

Mariano Rajoy
President

Kazakhstan

Nursultan Nazarbayev
President

Alberto Fernández
President Argentina

Global Talent Summit

Ana Rold
President and Founder

Spain

Pedro Sánchez
President of Spain

Switerzland

Ueli Maurer
President of Switerzland

European Union

Jean-Claude Juncker
President of the European Commission

Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Bounnhang Vorachith
President, Chair

African Union

Idriss Déby
President, Chairperson

Senegal

Macky Sall
President, president of New Partnership for Africa's Development

Australia

Scott Morrison
Prime Minister

Canada

Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister

Italy

Giuseppe Conte
Prime Minister

Japan

Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister

United Kingdom

Boris Johnson
Prime Minister

India

Narendra Modi
Prime Minister

Spain

Pedro Sánchez
Prime Minister

United Kingdom

Theresa May
Prime Minister

Papua New Guinea

James Marape
Prime Minister

Malaysia

Mahathir Mohamad
Prime Minister

Singapore

Lee Hsien Loong
Prime Minister

Thailand

Prayut Chan-o-cha
Prime Minister

New Zealand

Jacinda Ardern
Prime Minister

Italy

Matteo Renzi
Prime Minister

Australia

Malcolm Turnbull
Prime Minister

Australia

Tony Abbott
Prime Minister

Canada

Stephen Harper
Prime Minister

Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe
Prime Minister

Japan

Shinzo Abe
Prime Minister

Italy

Paolo Gentiloni
Prime Minister

United Kingdom

David Cameron
Prime Minister UK

Singapore

Lee Hsien Loong
Prime Minister of Singapore

Italy

Paolo gentiloni
Prime minister

Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Lim Jock Hoi
Secretary General

Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Dato' Paduka Lim Jock Hoi
Secretary General

OECD

José Ángel Gurría
Secretary-General

United Nations

António Guterres
Secretary-General

Hassanal Bolkiah
Sultan

Saudi Arabia

Dr. Thoraya Obaid
W20 Chair

Alnahda

Ms. Salma Rashid Al-Rashid
W20 Sherpa

International Labour Organization

Guy Ryder
director-general