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Foreign Secretary Mark Garneau will attend the first meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Development of the Group of Seven industrialized nations face to face in two years in London, United Kingdom, from 3-5 May 2021.
International Development Secretary Karina Gould will actively participate in the discussions.
The meeting is a crucial opportunity to jointly advance the many pressing international challenges.
Ministers will seek to align their efforts, including with COVID-19, by ensuring equitable access to vaccines, addressing climate change, improving food security, and advancing girls’ education. They will also discuss coordinated responses to threats to human rights and democracy, as well as regional security concerns in many countries, including China, Russia, Myanmar, Libya, Syria, North Korea and Iran.
Minister Garneau will affirm Canada’s determination with his colleagues to end the practice of arbitrary detention in interstate relations.
The ministers will also have the opportunity to network with their counterparts from India, South Africa, the Republic of Korea and Australia, as well as with the President and Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), who were invited as guests to participate in parts of this year’s G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ meeting.
As the host country, the UK will implement strict security measures for the Coronavirus, including social distancing and daily checks to ensure the health and well-being of all staff and participants. Minister Garneau and the Canadian delegates will follow all applicable health and safety protocols and adhere to quarantine requirements upon their return to Canada.
Minister Garneau will also attend the 12th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council on May 20 in Reykjavik, Iceland. The meeting will bring together the foreign ministers of the eight Arctic nations as well as six indigenous Arctic organizations, including three Canadian organizations.
“This meeting with key partners will allow us to strengthen our coordinated responses to the challenges posed by COVID-19 and the global economic recovery, as well as the continuing threats to democracy and human rights. I look forward to working with my colleagues to present a united front on these pressing issues. – Marc Garneau, Secretary of State.” The past year has shown us just how interconnected the world is. Global crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change require global cooperation and solutions. Canada has made important contributions to addressing these issues and is committed to working cooperatively with its G7 allies to address global challenges. The time is now more than ever for a truly global collaboration. Karina Gould, Minister for International Development
- The G7 is an informal group of like-minded partners that brings together Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.
- The history of the G7 goes back to the mid-1970s, and the G7 presidency, which changes every year among member states, determines the program for the year in consultation with the group’s partners. The United States assumed this responsibility in 2020, and the United Kingdom assumed the presidency in 2021. Canada last held the presidency in 2018.
- The G7 Foreign and Development Ministers Meeting provides its members with a unique forum, where they can develop coordinated approaches through open and frank discussions on issues related to foreign affairs, international development and international security.
- The G7 foreign ministers met virtually for the last time on March 25, 2020.
- Following the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers meeting, G7 leaders will meet at the Leaders Summit in June in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, United Kingdom.