G7 Summit Schloss Elmau / Interview with Chancellor Scholz

Mr Chancellor, what is the importance of Group of Seven for you Germany?
The G7 is an association of seven powerful economic democracies that see themselves as a community of values ​​and committed to freedom and human rights, democracy and the rule of law as well as international law. Together they are committed to development, climate protection and sustainable development around the world. As valued partners and leading industrialized nations, G7 members have a special responsibility from the perspective of the Federal Government: the responsibility of shaping a future worth living for all people in a healthy land in accordance. in the United Nations Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement. The G7 format offers an appropriate informal framework for addressing global challenges with accompanying responsibility.

What goals does the German government pursue for its presidency of the G7?
The motto of the G7 Presidency is “Progress for a just world”. With this in mind, we took over the presidency of the G7 at the beginning of the year. Less than two months later, on February 24, 2022, Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine began. This war marks a turning point. And it also marks a shift in the priorities of our G7 presidency. Ukraine’s united support in its defensive struggle against Russia is an important concern – financially, humanitarian as well as militarily. However, the important commitment to Ukraine will not lead the G7 to neglect its responsibility for other global challenges. Bagkos. Many of the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year become more urgent as the world situation changes. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, man-made climate change and economic change require a joint response and strong force.

The following applies: If you want to advance change, you must work with those who stand for change and be willing to use their solidarity to solve global problems – with concrete initiatives and partnerships for climate, sustainable investment, global security in food, global health and stable democracies. It also includes linking the state of the global economy, addressing the issue of resilient supply chains, improving gender equality, combating disinformation and working more closely in the field of digitization.

What are your hopes for the summit in Elmau?
Elmau must send a common signal from strong democracies that are aware of their global responsibility – a signal that is more important than ever, especially in this turbulent time. The summit aims to underline the unity and determination of the G7 and show that the G7 lives up to its values ​​and shares them with close and powerful partners. In addition to G7 heads of state and government, I invited heads of state and government from Indonesia, India, South Africa, Senegal and Argentina to Elmau as partners. These are the democracies in Asia, in Africa and in southern America with which we are closely connected. In addition, we want to provide a strong response to Russia’s aggression – both in terms of sanctions against Russia and support for Ukraine. Short -term and medium -term financial commitments as well as the global impact of war will be discussed. However, this G7 summit should not only send a political signal of support for Ukraine. Our goal is to support our commitment to further concrete assistance.

Another focus of the G7 summit is therefore our efforts to combat the looming global hunger crisis. To this end, as president of the G7, together with the World Bank, we launched the “Alliance for Global Food Security”. And in climate and energy policy, we are using our presidency to further strengthen the G7 in its role as a pioneer for climate neutral business. So it is very important to me to achieve important progress towards the establishment of an open, cooperative climate club at the G7 summit.

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