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Scott Morrison says pandemic and climate change are key issues for Australia as G7 leaders meet

The Australian Prime Minister has arrived in the United Kingdom for a G7 Plus dialogue. He said he would focus on Boris Johnson’s “Vaccine the World” program, climate change and peace in the Indo-Pacific.

“G7plus is not a club, but a world that supports freedom and inclusive world order, that allows all nations to engage and trade with each other, and that all nations are not compulsory. You can do so and be consistent. Their sovereignty issue. “

He said leaders would make the most of the opportunity to meet in person within almost two years.

“We’ve been communicating over the screen for the past 18 months. There’s no substitute for leaders getting together and doing what they’re doing now.

“This is the third time I have been invited to participate in these discussions.

“It’s such an important time for Australia to sit at a table like this to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic challenge, the recession it caused, and the recovery we’re building, especially at home in Australia. There wasn’t. “

G7 leaders are expected to promise to donate a billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine to poor countries to show democratic cohesion in the West.

Clubs from major economies in the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States say the joint approach is the world’s best opportunity to recover from the global health crisis and tackle climate change.

President Joe Biden abandons Donald Trump’s isolationist position and sends a message of G7 and NATO determination to both Beijing and Moscow as he heads for his first seat with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva next week. I confessed.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden at a bilateral meeting in Carvis Bay, England, June 10, 2021.

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“The purpose of the animation that drives this G7 Summit is to show that democracy can meet the biggest challenges we face in the world,” said a senior US government official.

Campaign participants pledge G7 vaccine donations this year and next-including 500 million doses in the United States-to end a pandemic that killed more than 3.7 million people worldwide Says it’s too late.

“If the best G7 leaders could manage to donate a billion vaccinations, this summit would have failed,” Oxfam said, with 11 billion vaccinations worldwide. Insisted that it was necessary.

However, the G7 recognizes the need to confront the competing “vaccine diplomacy” efforts launched by China and Russia, and the Biden administration does not expect anything in return for the donated jabs. I emphasize it.

G7 leaders meeting at a seaside resort in Carvis Bay in Cornwall, South West England, help developing countries build infrastructure to counter China’s debt spending in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It is also expected to outline further support.

The initiative “adopts a high-level, transparent, climate-friendly, non-corruptive mechanism” for infrastructure investment in developing countries, US officials said.

“This will replace what other countries, including China, offer.”

“Immortal relationship”

Supporting US-led diplomatic revival, Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday modeled a new “Atlantic” modeled on an agreement signed by World War II predecessors to help build a new world order. The Charter was adopted.

Johnson disliked the phrase “special relationship” decades ago, argued that Britain appeared to be subordinate to Washington, and told the BBC that it should be considered “indestructible” instead. ..

He also downplayed Biden’s differences over the restless British states of Northern Ireland prior to Saturday’s confrontation negotiations between Johnson and EU chiefs to tackle the deep rift opened by Brexit.

British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab counterattacked on Friday after French President Emmanuel Macron launched Broadside over Britain’s retreat on a special post-Brexit deal in Northern Ireland.

“Change must come from the European Commission,” Raab told Sky News, “we are not negotiating or negotiating UK integrity.”

At the end of Thursday, more than 3,000 pro-British supporters protested the “protocol” in Belfast. This effectively keeps Northern Ireland in the EU Customs Union and the Single Market.

Marshmallows by the sea

Johnson wants to lighten up on Saturday’s beach barbecue, with his new wife Carrie and another G7 spouse joining, with a Sea Shanty band and toasted marshmallows around the fire pit.

It follows the reception of the G7 leader on Friday night hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at the Eden Project in Cornwall, an exhibition that showcases the richness of the world’s ecosystems.

Protecting global biodiversity is another G7 theme this weekend, with leaders agreeing to protect at least 30 percent of the world’s land and sea by 2030.

They will also discuss helping poor countries move away from fossil fuels for the United Nations COP26 Climate Summit in Scotland in November.

Like the G7, the UK wants to host COP26 directly and announces that it will provide vaccination to representatives from poor countries if it cannot be vaccinated otherwise. did.

Climate activists will be demonstrating near the G7 conference in St Ives, Cornwall, England.

Climate activists will be demonstrating near the G7 conference in St Ives, Cornwall, England.

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Greenpeace UK has released a video shot of 300 illuminated drones over Cornwall, creating an amazing exhibit of endangered species and urging G7 leaders to thwart mass extinctions. It was.

“To tackle climate and natural emergencies, we need to see action, not just warm words,” Rebecca Newsam, political director of the Environmental Group, told AFP.

“We need to see those concrete commitments this weekend, or our world leaders are failing us,” she said.

The G7 is also expected to adopt the UK’s plan to secure an additional 40 million girls’ school education by 2025 after the pandemic destroys educational opportunities for many around the world.

G7 chiefs will be attended by leaders from Australia, South Africa, South Korea, the United Nations and the European Union over the weekend, while India will be attending in remote areas.

“This is an ambitious yet achievable, compelling agenda for a global recovery that evokes will and ingenuity,” Johnson said in an appeal to “kind democracy.” It was.

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