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UK News As summit ends, G-7 urged to deliver on vaccines, climate

10:45  13 june  2021
10:45  13 june  2021 Source:   msn.com

When is the G7 Summit 2021? Date, what the meeting in Cornwall’s Carbis Bay is for and what to expect

  When is the G7 Summit 2021? Date, what the meeting in Cornwall’s Carbis Bay is for and what to expect The priorities of the summit, according to the G7 website, include spreading wealth to all nations through new technologies, international trading, green recovery and lasting jobs . Creating a better global health system ready for any future pandemics, and tackling climate change with a goal of moving to net zero and supporting other countries to do this too are among the issues likely to be discussed at the Summit. There have also been calls for leaders at the event to discuss distributing Covid-19 vaccines to the world’s poorest countries.

The group also urged G 7 leaders to provide a billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to the poorest countries by Sept. 1 and more than 2 billion doses by mid-2022, while helping nations acquire licences and technology to produce their own vaccines . "In this moment of global crisis, multilateralism is uniquely "The threat will increase if the multilateral system fails to deliver on the pressing concerns of the moment – climate change and pandemic recovery," they warned. (Reporting by Megan Rowling @meganrowling; editing by Laurie Goering. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson

Climate change was a key G 7 priority for his government, as it tries to lay the groundwork for hosting the UN COP26 environment summit in Glasgow in November. But before the pledges had even been formally adopted, environmental campaigners blasted them as lacking enforcement and the necessary scope. Most of those present will reconvene Monday in Brussels for a NATO meeting, before Biden heads on to his first summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, vowing to deliver a blunt message about Russian behaviour. Before that, the US president will visit the queen at Windsor Castle

FALMOUTH, England (AP) — The Group of Seven leaders aim to end their first summit in two years with a punchy set of promises Sunday, including vaccinating the world against coronavirus, making huge corporations pay their fair share of taxes and tackling climate change with a blend of technology and money.

Leaders of the G7 pose for a group photo on overlooking the beach at the Carbis Bay Hotel in Carbis Bay, St. Ives, Cornwall, England, Friday, June 11, 2021. Leaders from left, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Charles Michel, U.S. President Joe Biden, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool) © Provided by Associated Press Leaders of the G7 pose for a group photo on overlooking the beach at the Carbis Bay Hotel in Carbis Bay, St. Ives, Cornwall, England, Friday, June 11, 2021. Leaders from left, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Charles Michel, U.S. President Joe Biden, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool) A woman walks her dogs as the incoming tide begins to wash away the heads of G7 leaders drawn in the sand by activists on the beach at Newquay, Cornwall, England, Thursday, June 10, 2021. G7 leaders and guests will meet in the the Cornish resort of Carbis Bay, St. Ives, starting Friday, June 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Super) © Provided by Associated Press A woman walks her dogs as the incoming tide begins to wash away the heads of G7 leaders drawn in the sand by activists on the beach at Newquay, Cornwall, England, Thursday, June 10, 2021. G7 leaders and guests will meet in the the Cornish resort of Carbis Bay, St. Ives, starting Friday, June 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

They want to show that international cooperation is back after the upheavals caused both by the pandemic and the unpredictability of former U.S. President Donald Trump. And they want to convey that the club of wealthy democracies — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States — is a better friend to poorer nations than authoritarian rivals such as China.

What every G7 country wants as world leaders set to meet in Cornwall this week

  What every G7 country wants as world leaders set to meet in Cornwall this week Each leader will use the summit to raise issues such as Northern Ireland, global coronavirus vaccinations and climate targetsUS President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet in Cornwall between 11-13 June alongside Prime Minister Boris Johnson and leaders from Japan, Canada, Italy and France who make up the G7 (Group of Seven).

The most urgent priority is vaccinating the world, as no one is safe until everyone is safe. It’s alarming therefore that the global vaccination programme, COVAX, has so far supplied only around 80 million doses in developing countries against a target of 2 billion by the end of this year. This is a pittance compared to the staggering sums COVID is already costing developed economies, with the U.S. government alone facing a bill of at least trillion. Reports the G 7 will deliver 1 billion extra vaccine doses to poorer countries over the next year would literally be a shot in the arm for those most in need.

Rebuilding the post-COVID economy a key topic for the summit . Queen Elizabeth hosted a dinner for the leaders in the evening. British PM Johnson says G 7 economies should "bounce back strongly" from pandemic. These live updates are now closed. To read more on protests staged during the event, please click here. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson opened the first session of the summit by emphasizing that the G 7 's economies have "the potential to bounce back very strongly" from the pandemic, but warned against repeating the mistakes of the 2008 economic crisis when "recovery was not uniform

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II speaks to US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden during a reception with the G7 leaders at the Eden Project in Cornwall, England, Friday June 11, 2021, during the G7 summit. (Jack Hill/Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Britain's Queen Elizabeth II speaks to US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden during a reception with the G7 leaders at the Eden Project in Cornwall, England, Friday June 11, 2021, during the G7 summit. (Jack Hill/Pool via AP)

But it was uncertain how firm the group’s commitments will be on coronavirus vaccines, the economy and the environment when the leaders issue their final communique. Also unclear was whether all of the leaders would back the United States’ call to chastise China for repressing its Uyghur minority and other abuses.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the summit's host, wanted the three-day meeting to fly the flag for a “Global Britain,” his government's initiative to give the midsized country outsized influence when it comes to global problem-solving.

What is the G7 summit? Why the countries meeting in Cornwall’s Carbis Bay – and when it’s happening

  What is the G7 summit? Why the countries meeting in Cornwall’s Carbis Bay – and when it’s happening The G7 stands for the Group of Seven, and is made up of the world's largest so-called 'advanced economies'The meetings will take place at the Carbis Bay Hotel, which prides itself in being recognised as one of Cornwall’s “premier waterside hotels”.

Climate change is at the top of today's agenda as the leaders set out plans to cut carbon emissions and restore biodiversity. They will be addressed by renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough. Ahead of the meeting, Sir David warns that humans could be "on the verge of destabilising the entire planet". The first two days of the summit have seen a number of protests highlighting climate change. The G 7 (Group of Seven) is an organisation made up of the world's seven largest so-called advanced economies. They are the UK, US, Canada, Japan, France, Germany and Italy - but the EU and some

At their summit in Cornwall on Saturday, G 7 leaders were joined by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO's director general, during their talks on the COVID crisis and efforts to avoid future pandemics. The WHO chief set the world's leading democracies the challenge of vaccinating 70% of the global population against COVID by the time of the G 7 's next summit in Germany next year. Image: Joe Biden ordered intelligence officials to 'redouble' efforts to investigate COVID origins.

Brexit cast a shadow over that goal during the summit on the coast of southwest England. European Union leaders and U.S. President Joe Biden voiced concerns about problems with new U.K.-EU trade rules that have heightened tensions in Northern Ireland.

But overall, the mood has been positive: The leaders smiled for the cameras on the beach at cliff-fringed Carbis Bay, a village and resort that became a traffic-clogged fortress for the meeting. The last G-7 summit was in France in 2019. The pandemic scuttled the planned 2020 event in the United States.

The leaders mingled with Queen Elizabeth II at a royal reception on their first evening, and were served steak and lobster at a beach barbecue on their second.

America’s allies were visibly relieved to have the U.S. back as an engaged international player after the “America First” policy of the Trump administration.

“The United States is back, and democracies of the world are standing together,” Biden said as he arrived in the U.K. on the first foreign trip of his 5-month-old presidency. After the G-7 summit, the president is to have tea with the queen on Sunday, attend a NATO summit in Brussels on Monday and hold talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Geneva on Wednesday.

What is the G7? Full lsit of countries in the group – and what to expect from the 2021 Cornwall summit

  What is the G7? Full lsit of countries in the group – and what to expect from the 2021 Cornwall summit The summit will be focused largely on the global recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, but also tackle broader issues such as climate change . But what exactly is the G7, and what is its purpose? Here is what you need to know. What is the G7? The G7 stands for the Group of Seven, and is made up of the world’s largest so-called advanced economies.

Climate change was a key G 7 priority for his government, as it tries to lay the groundwork for hosting the UN COP26 environment summit in Glasgow in November. Leaders agreed a declaration to help prevent future pandemics and are expected to commit to donate one billion Covid-19 vaccine doses to poor countries. However, there they also faced pushback, with critics arguing it provides just a fraction of what is needed to inoculate the world against the virus, which has claimed nearly four million lives globally and is still spawning new variants.

Hundreds of climate campaigners have staged a protest march targeting the G 7 summit . The activists paraded from St Ives Leisure Centre to the middle of the Cornish town, escorted by police. They called for immediate action from the G 7 world leaders to "address the climate and ecological emergency". The G 7 leaders are expected to focus talks on climate change and global coronavirus vaccinations during the three-day event. image captionDeb from St Just holding a sign with a distinctly Cornish message.

President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron visit during a bilateral meeting at the G-7 summit, Saturday, June 12, 2021, in Carbis Bay, England. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) © Provided by Associated Press President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron visit during a bilateral meeting at the G-7 summit, Saturday, June 12, 2021, in Carbis Bay, England. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

At the G-7, Johnson described Biden as a “breath of fresh air.” French President Emmanuel Macron, after speaking one-to-one with Biden, said, “It’s great to have a U.S. president part of the club and very willing to cooperate.”

The re-energized G-7 made ambitious declarations during their meetings about girls’ education, preventing future pandemics and using the finance system to fund green growth. Above all, they vowed to share vaccine doses with less well-off nations that urgently need them. Johnson said the group would pledge at least 1 billion doses, with half that coming from the United States and 100 million from Britain.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie Johnson and U.S. President Joe Biden with first lady Jill Biden walk outside Carbis Bay Hotel, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, ahead of the G7 summit, Thursday June 10, 2021. (Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie Johnson and U.S. President Joe Biden with first lady Jill Biden walk outside Carbis Bay Hotel, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, ahead of the G7 summit, Thursday June 10, 2021. (Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP)

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus commended the vaccine pledge but said it's not enough. To truly end the pandemic, he said, 11 billion doses are needed to vaccinate at least 70% of the world's population by the middle of next year.

Johnson defends vaccine pledge as G7 leaders gather in Cornwall

  Johnson defends vaccine pledge as G7 leaders gather in Cornwall Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised 100 million Covid-19 shots to some of the world’s poorest countries but campaigners urged him to do more.The Prime Minister made the pledge as leaders of some of the richest democracies on the planet gathered in Cornwall.

Activists wearing giant heads of the G7 leaders tussle over a giant COVID-19 vaccine syringe during an action of NGO's on Swanpool Beach in Falmouth, Cornwall, England, Friday, June 11, 2021. Leaders of the G7 begin their first of three days of meetings on Friday in Carbis Bay, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. Depicted from left to right, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) © Provided by Associated Press Activists wearing giant heads of the G7 leaders tussle over a giant COVID-19 vaccine syringe during an action of NGO's on Swanpool Beach in Falmouth, Cornwall, England, Friday, June 11, 2021. Leaders of the G7 begin their first of three days of meetings on Friday in Carbis Bay, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. Depicted from left to right, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

“We need more and we need them faster,” Tedros said.

Public health advocates said much more than just doses was needed, including money and logistical help to get shots into the arms of people in poorer countries.

“It’s not enough to just get vaccines flown into capitals,” said Lily Caprani, head of COVID-19 vaccines advocacy for UNICEF. “We can’t let them potentially go to waste or be at risk or be at risk of not being delivered. So it’s a real end-to-end solution that’s needed.”

The leaders' final communique is expected to formally embrace placing a global minimum tax of at least 15% on large multinational companies to stop corporations from using tax havens to shift profits and to avoid taxes.

UK must not 'squander hard-fought gains' in June, Nadhim Zahawi says

  UK must not 'squander hard-fought gains' in June, Nadhim Zahawi says Mr Zahawi said the UK would have to be 'really careful' now so as not to lose all the progress made in the past six months, hinting that No10 will water down plans for the lockdown roadmap's end.Britain's vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi hinted at a delay to the end of the lockdown roadmap when he said the UK must not 'squander those hard fought gains that we have made through the vaccination programme'.

The minimum rate was championed by the U.S., and dovetails with the aim of Biden — and Johnson — to focus the summit on ways the democracies can collaborate to build a more inclusive and fair global economy and to compete with rising autocracies like China.

First lady Jill Biden turns around to show the word © Provided by Associated Press First lady Jill Biden turns around to show the word "love" on the back of her jacket as she speaks with reporters after visiting with Carrie Johnson, wife of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, ahead of the G-7 summit, Thursday, June 10, 2021, in Carbis Bay, England. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Non-G-7 nations India, South Korea, Australia and South Africa were invited to attend as guests to bolster the group’s support for fellow democracies.

The White House said the leaders had also agreed an infrastructure plan, the Build Back Better world plan, to help low and middle-income countries. The move is a response to China’s “belt and road” initiative, which has increased Beijing’s influence in countries around the world.

White House officials said Biden wants the G-7 leaders to speak in a single voice against the forced labor practices targeting China’s Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities. Biden hopes the denunciation will be part of a joint statement Sunday, but some European allies are reluctant to split so forcefully with Beijing.

The summit was also supposed to focus on climate change and to set the stage for the U.N. climate conference being held in November in Scotland.

Climate activists and analysts have said filling a $100 billion annual fund that is intended to help poor countries tackle the effects of global warming should be at the top of the G-7's to-do list.

Boris confirms G7 will donate a billion Covid jabs to poorer countries

  Boris confirms G7 will donate a billion Covid jabs to poorer countries Wrapping up the summit in Cornwall, Boris Johnson said leaders at the summit in Cornwall have pledged a combination of jabs and money to pay for them by next year. The commitment includes 100million doses from the UK and 500million from the US, with Mr Johnson insisting they are going 'flat out' to protect populations.However, campaigners have warned that the numbers are far from enough to prevent the virus from running riot among some of the globe's most vulnerable populations - and potentially sparking new problems in richer countries.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with his wife Carrie during arrivals for the G7 meeting at the Carbis Bay Hotel in Carbis Bay, St. Ives, Cornwall, England, Saturday, June 12, 2021. Leaders of the G7 gather for a second day of meetings on Saturday, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool) © Provided by Associated Press British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with his wife Carrie during arrivals for the G7 meeting at the Carbis Bay Hotel in Carbis Bay, St. Ives, Cornwall, England, Saturday, June 12, 2021. Leaders of the G7 gather for a second day of meetings on Saturday, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)

Johnson’s office said he met with U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Saturday and that the two agreed on the need for countries to step up and make ambitious commitments to cut carbon emissions and phase out the use of coal.

Activists march through the streets in during a demonstration around the meeting of the G7 in Falmouth, Cornwall, England, Saturday, June 12, 2021. Leaders of the G7 gather for a second day of meetings on Saturday, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali) © Provided by Associated Press Activists march through the streets in during a demonstration around the meeting of the G7 in Falmouth, Cornwall, England, Saturday, June 12, 2021. Leaders of the G7 gather for a second day of meetings on Saturday, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

But very little substance on the topic has so far emerged from the talks, to the frustration of environmental protesters who gathered nearby to make their message heard.

Large crowds of surfers and kayakers took to the sea in a mass paddle protest Saturday to urge more action on protecting the oceans, while thousands chanted and beat drums as they marched outside the summit’s media center in Falmouth.

“G-7 is all greenwashing,” the protesters sang. “We’re drowning in promises, now’s the time to act.”

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, perform a fly-past over Carbis Bay during the G7 meeting in St. Ives, Cornwall, England, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Super) © Provided by Associated Press The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, perform a fly-past over Carbis Bay during the G7 meeting in St. Ives, Cornwall, England, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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