Germany announces priorities for G7 Presidency, including climate action, global COVID-19 response

In a press briefing on January 21, 2022, the German government released its G7 program for the rotating Presidency entitled “Progress towards an equitable world”. Germany’s priorities include: a sustainable planet, economic stability and transformation, healthy lives, investments in a better future, and strong cohesion (open, resilient, gender-equitable societies).

Though Chancellor Scholz emphasized climate protection for Germany’s G7 presidency during the press conference, the G7 program also features multiple development policy priorities.

For better global climate and environment protection, Germany will aim to increase its climate and energy partnerships with selected partner countries and support a global transition to ecologically sustainable economies. Cooperation with low- and middle-income countries on adapting to climate change will also be enhanced to foster just social and ecological transitions.

The G7 will take on a stronger role in promoting socially, economically, and ecologically sustainable infrastructure and framework conditions worldwide. Climate aspects of the program will also be more closely linked with the achievement of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to tackle climate change as a driver of poverty, hunger, gender inequality, conflict, and displacement globally.

To promote the recovery of the global economy, Germany will strive to alleviate the debt burden of many countries by strengthening global financial architecture and ensuring the G20 Common Framework for Debt Treatments is implemented effectively.

With a strong focus on pandemic preparedness, the German government aims to expand the G7’s pioneering role in pandemic prevention and response and strengthen international health architecture. To achieve the World Health Organization’s global vaccination goal of 70% by mid-2022, Germany intends to accelerate the global vaccination campaign and promote support for all pillars of ACT-A, inclunding COVAX, the vaccine pillar, and local vaccine production in low- and middle-income countries.

To combat the negative impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on hard-fought achievements in gender equity, Germany plans to leverage the G7 to promote gender equality, with a special focus on paid and unpaid care work, equal pay, better education for girls, and equitable participation of women in leadership positions.

The G7 Leaders’ Summit will take place from June 26 - 28, 2022, at Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps. The development ministers will hold a separate meeting from May 18 - 19, 2022 in Berlin. Part of the ministerial meeting be shared with the Health Ministers to discuss the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Press release – Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (in German)

Press release – German Federal Government