UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to host fellow G7 leaders for a digital assembly on February 19 forward of its presidency of a summit in June of the Group of Seven international locations together with the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US, Downing Avenue stated on Sunday.
The digital assembly, the primary hosted by Johnson as a part of the UK’s G7 Presidency this 12 months and the primary gathering of G7 leaders since April 2020, will convey collectively the world leaders to debate how main democracies can work collectively to make sure equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines around the globe and stop future pandemics.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is predicted to attend the G7 Summit in Cornwall in June after India was invited as a visitor nation by the UK, alongside South Korea and Australia.
“The options to the challenges we face – from the colossal mission to get vaccines to each single nation, to the battle to reverse the harm achieved to our ecosystems and lead a sustainable restoration from coronavirus – lie within the discussions we’ve got with our associates and companions around the globe,” stated Johnson.
“Quantum leaps in science have given us the vaccines we have to finish this pandemic for good. Now world governments have a accountability to work collectively to place these vaccines to the absolute best use. I hope 2021 will probably be remembered because the 12 months humanity labored collectively like by no means earlier than to defeat a standard foe,” he stated.
The G7 leaders’ assembly on February 19 will probably be attended by the leaders of the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US, and the Presidents of the European Council and the EU Fee.
Downing Avenue stated Johnson plans to make use of the digital assembly, which will even be US President Joe Biden’s first main multilateral engagement, to name for leaders to work collectively on a “joined-up international method” to pandemics that brings an finish to the nationalist and divisive politics that marred the preliminary response to coronavirus.
He’ll argue that placing residents first mustn’t come on the expense of engaged on a unified response, and that the final 12 months of the pandemic have confirmed that no nation may be secure till each nation is secure from the pandemic. The rollout of vaccines presents a contemporary alternative to reveal the worth of worldwide cooperation, he’s anticipated to spotlight.
“Worldwide pandemic preparedness will probably be a significant precedence for the UK’s G7 Presidency and the Prime Minister will work with fellow G7 leaders to implement his five-point plan to forestall future pandemics introduced on the UN Basic Meeting final 12 months,” Downing Avenue stated.
The five-point plan features a worldwide community of zoonotic analysis hubs, creating international manufacturing capability for therapies and vaccines, the design of a worldwide pandemic early warning system, the settlement of worldwide protocols for a future well being emergency and the discount of commerce boundaries.
There have already been optimistic steps to make sure equitable entry to a coronavirus vaccine. Final month, the US introduced it could be part of the COVAX initiative, changing into the ultimate G7 nation to take action.
COVAX will present creating international locations with 1.three billion doses of the vaccine this 12 months and the UK is offering 548 million kilos to the scheme.
Plans for the digital assembly subsequent week come as UK Chancellor of Exchequer Rishi Sunak and Governor of the Financial institution of England Andrew Bailey held the primary assembly of G7 Finance Ministers on Friday.
In February, the UK additionally holds the Presidency of the United Nations Safety Council (UNSC), which rotates between members each month.
The UK has stated it is going to use its Presidency to galvanise worldwide motion on coronavirus, local weather change and battle.
On February 23, the UK Prime Minister will chair a digital assembly of the us on the hyperlink between local weather change and battle, marking the primary time a UK Prime Minister has chaired a Safety Council session since 1992.
The session will even contain everlasting UNSC members China, France, Russia and the US; non-permanent members Estonia, India, Eire, Kenya, Mexico, Niger, Norway, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Vietnam; and the UN Secretary-Basic.
Downing Avenue has stated that discussions on the assembly will inform essential motion forward of the UK-hosted COP26 Summit scheduled for Glasgow in November.