G7 summit wraps up with pledge over climate, terrorism

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:34 GMT, Jun 9, 2015 |

Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) wrapped up their two-day summit yesterday (Monday) with a pledge to take actions on issues ranging from climate change, world trade to the Ukraine conflict and the fight against terrorism.

Agreements achieved on the issue of climate change have drawn the most attention, with the G7 countries committing to fill a gap of financial support to developing countries for addressing climate change and declaring to seek global de-carbonization within this century.

In a joint declaration issued after the summit which took place in the German town, the heads of state and government of Canada, France, German, Italy, Japan, Britain and the United States said they would seek a global decarbonization within this century and to reduce global carbon emissions by 40 to 70 percent by 2050 compared to 2010 levels, asking “all parties” to share the task. The G7 leaders also vowed to help improve working conditions and environmental protection in global supply chains.

Speaking of the conflict in Ukraine, another hot topic at this year’s summit, the G7 expressed concerns over the recent increase in fighting in the country’s eastern regions, and urged all sides to fully respect and implement the ceasefire and withdraw heavy weapons. Leaders of the seven industrialized countries reiterated their full support for efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Ukraine, renewing calls for a full implementation of the Minsk agreements signed in February 2015.

Then they expressed support for a “Vision Zero Fund” to be established, with the aim of preventing and reducing workplace-related deaths and serious injuries by strengthening public frameworks and establishing sustainable business practices.

With respect to terrorism, the leaders noted that the fight against terrorism and terrorist financing is a major priority for the G7, and the group will strengthen its coordinated action in this area.