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The G7 summit, a gathering of influential global leaders representing major economies and emitters, holds great significance, with this year’s event taking place in Hiroshima, Japan. The summit serves as a pivotal platform for addressing pressing global challenges, focusing on environmental issues, COVID-19 recovery, and global security, including energy security and the geopolitical and economic consequences of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Summit Priorities

Amidst the polycrisis caused by climate impacts, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Russia-Ukraine war, this year’s summit holds particular importance in exploring ways to tackle the global economic crisis and its effects on supply chains. A central priority for the G7 is the promotion of clean energy. Climate change remains an urgent concern, and the G7 is steadfast in its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Recently, an agreement was reached during the G7 energy and environment minister meeting to phase out coal and fossil fuels. The G7 nations will engage in discussions on transitioning to renewable energy sources like wind and solar power, while reducing reliance on fossil fuels, a major contributor to climate change.

Preserving biodiversity takes center stage at the upcoming G7 summit, recognizing its crucial role in maintaining the planet’s well-being. The leaders will engage in substantive discussions to safeguard biodiversity, encompassing measures to protect and restore natural habitats, while addressing pollution and other factors that jeopardize biodiversity. Notably, this discourse will also encompass the landmark agreement reached at COP15, underscoring the G7’s commitment to advancing global biodiversity conservation efforts.

Additionally, the G7 nations must reaffirm their commitment to implementing the Loss & Damage Fund by COP28 and actively engage in ongoing discussions within the transitional committee. Demonstrating their dedication, the G7 countries can pledge financial support for Loss & Damage, including contributions to the operationalized fund. It is crucial for the G7 to provide clear plans on increasing adaptation finance and resilience investments, areas that have fallen short previously. Meeting their commitment to double adaptation finance to USD $40 billion annually by 2025 and presenting a roadmap for achieving this goal are paramount.

The G7 leaders possess a critical role in shaping global action on climate change and environmental sustainability. Their decisions and commitments can set the pace for climate action worldwide, both within their own nations and globally. As the 2023 summit approaches, the G7 leaders must prioritize accelerating the transition to clean energy, protecting and restoring natural habitats, and reducing pollution and other threats to biodiversity. By doing so, they can send a resolute message of their dedication to a sustainable future and lay the foundation for successful negotiations at COP28 and beyond. The world is eagerly watching and relying on the G7 to lead the way.