G7 Summit at Schloss Elmau
Besides questions of foreign, economic and security policy, on the agenda are the advancement of the Millennium Development Goals, environmental protection and issues about a fairer work world.
The younger generation in politics have put themselves forward: young people from 19 countries, who came together in Berlin in 2015, want more climate protection, social justice and more open access for girls to education. At the “J7 Youth Summit” they discussed global challenges and presented to Federal Chancellor Merkel their ideas for a better future. The international youth meeting was one of the many stations in the run-up to the G7 Summit on 7 and 8 June 2015 at Schloss Elmau. Germany currently holds the presidency of the group of leading industrial nations, making it the host of this summit at an important time.
Towards new goals
In 2015 the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations come to an end. One of the major topics of the meeting will therefore be how to proceed in the coming years.
The world community is facing the challenge of creating a follow-up agenda that also ensures the opportunity for a fulfilled life for coming generations. Among the pressing concerns are the fight against poverty, the safeguarding of natural resources and the commitment to decent work, good government and social participation. Core positions formulated by Germany will be included in the new agenda, which is to be adopted by a summit meeting of the United Nations in New York in September 2015.
In general, as Chancellor Merkel has emphasized, the G7 presidency and the so the summit meeting is not only about the “hard” issues of foreign, economic and security policy. Among the concerns that Germany has put on the agenda is the promotion of the independence of women. Together with its partners, Germany also wants to tackle resolutely issues of climate and environmental protection. Again in co-operation with the international community, the host country would also like to extend the fight against Ebola and tropical diseases. The summit is not the meeting of a closed political circle. Thus Chancellor Merkel plans personal meetings not only with representatives of civil society, business, trade unions and NGOs, but also with young people and women from the G7 countries.
G7 Summit on 7 and 8 June 2015 at Schloss Elmau