The UK will host the first in-person meeting of G7 foreign and development ministers in over two years at Covid-secure talks next month.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced in Parliament today (20 April 2021) that the Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting would take place in central London between May 3-5.
Organisers will put strict COVID-secure measures in place, including daily testing to ensure the health and wellbeing of all staff, attendees, and the public. All domestic social distancing guidelines will be in force.
The meeting is a crucial opportunity to revitalise in-person diplomacy and will look to establish a shared approach among the world’s leading democracies on equitable vaccine access, to agree global girls’ education targets,
rigorous goals on climate finance and new measures to prevent famine and food insecurity.
The last G7 Foreign Ministers meeting took place in April 2019 at Dinard and Saint-Malo in France.
As well as G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, US & UK – plus the EU) the Foreign Secretary has also invited India, Australia, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, and the Chair and Secretary-General of the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), to join parts of this year’s G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ meeting as guests.
Their attendance will bring broader experience and geographic representation, and demonstrates the importance of the Indo-Pacific region.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:
The meeting of G7 Foreign and Development Ministers next month is an opportunity to show how the world’s biggest democracies work together to ensure equitable access to vaccines, build back better from the pandemic, support girls in the poorest countries get a good quality education and agree ambitious action to tackle climate change.