G7 summit: What is it and why is it in Cornwall?

G7 summit: What is it and why is it in Cornwall?

World leaders are gathering in the Cornish resort of Carbis Bay, for face-to-face meetings at the summit of G7 nations.

Among them are Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, and President Biden, who is making his first foreign visit since taking office.

What is the G7 and when is the meeting?

The G7 (Group of Seven) is an organisation of the world’s seven largest so-called advanced economies. They are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States.

Russia joined in 1998, creating the G8, but was excluded in 2014 for its takeover of Crimea.

China has never been a member, despite its large economy and having the world’s biggest population. Its relatively low level of wealth per person means it is not seen as an advanced economy in the way the G7 members are.

Representatives from the European Union are present while India, South Korea and Australia have also been invited this year.

 

The G7’s Cornwall meeting takes place from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 June.

What does the G7 do?

Throughout the year ministers and officials from the member countries hold meetings, form agreements and publish joint statements on global events.

Ahead of this year’s summit, the G7 finance ministers agreed to make multinational companies pay more tax.

The main event is when the G7 leaders come together to talk about the biggest issues of the day.

What's on this year's agenda?

The agenda starts with a dinner at the Eden Project on Friday night, attended by the Queen and members of the Royal Family.

 

The main topic of conversation for the rest of the summit is Covid recovery, including “a stronger global health system that can protect us all from future pandemics”.

The agenda also includes climate change and trade.

Boris Johnson held talks with President Biden on Thursday afternoon. They covered topics including the President’s concerns over the peace in Northern Ireland.

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