French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian has offered details on the 2019 French presidency of the G7, which will culminate in the G7 Heads of State summit in Biarritz August 24-26. The central theme will be inequality, with a particular focus on pay, the fight against tax havens, social protection, education, gender equality, digital divide, climate change, global health, and environmental issues (biodiversity and protection of oceans). The French G7 presidency will also discuss peace and counter-terrorism, as well as promotion of fair trade and fiscal and development policies.
The G7 platform will be used to reinforce multilateralism through the inclusion of five international organizations and additional countries to the traditional G7 membership, such as South Korea, Australia, Mexico, India, and some African countries. Eight dates have been released for G7 ministerial meetings in 2019 on the following themes:
- Foreign and Home Affairs (April 5-6)
- Environmental Affairs (May 5-6)
- Gender Equality (May 9-10)
- Health (May 16-17)
- Work and Employment (June 7)
- Development and Education (July 4-5)
- Finance (July 17-18)
Civil society will be included in the G7 preparation through separate preparatory meetings with NGOs (C7), youth (Y7), trade unions (C7), the private sector (B7), think tanks (T7), and scientific organizations (S7).
Website - French G7 presidency
News article - AFP (in French)