In cooperation with the G7 Research Group and G20 Research Group


    27-May-2017 10:35 PM

    All the documents from the G7 Taormina Summit

    Madeline Koch

    The G7 leaders issued four documents at their Taormina Summit. The G7 Taormina Leaders' Communiqué covers the whole agenda, and starts by restating the G7 members’ “shared values of freedom and democracy, peace, security, the rule of law, and respect for human right.” Topics include foreign policy — specifically Syria, Libya, ISIS, non-proliferation and disarmament, Ukraine and Russia, the Eat and South China Seas, and cyberattacks — as well as the global economy, inequality, Africa, food security and nutrition, climate change and energy, and health. It also covered two other topics — gender equality and innovation, skills and labour — that were both the subjects of separate documents. 

    On gender issues, the G7 Roadmap for a Gender-Responsive Economic Environment builds on the work done a the 2015 Elmau and 2016 Ise Shima summits, as well as international frameworks such as the Beijing Declaration and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. G7 leaders recognize that improving structural policies can promote gender equality through enabling women’s participation in the workforce, entrepreneurship and economic empowerment and, consequently, women’s full and equal participation in society so that all can benefit. 

    The G7 People-Centered Action Plan on Innovation, Skills and Labor contains nine policy priorities set out under three “pillars”: Innovation in Production, Knowledge-Based Capital and Enabling Infrastructure, and the Future of Work. These support an integrated policy agenda for people and firms to benefit from innovation and “magnify our efforts to make innovation a concrete source of prosperity, competitiveness and well-being” as the global economy transitions through the “Next Production Revolution.” 

    These three documents, issued at the end of the summit on Saturday afternoon, May 27, follow the G7 Taormina Statement on the Fight Against Terrorism and Violent Extremism, which was issued the day before. It noted the need to control internet content, pledged not to pay ransom to terrorists, and committed the leaders to addressing the lack of social and economic inclusiveness that contributes to the rise of terrorism and extremism.


    27-May-2017 11:02 PM

    Highlights from Taormina's second day

    Highlights from a jam-packed day at the G7's Taormina Summit, leading up to the closing press conferences.

    Who are all those people? In addition to the G7 leaders — Italian prime minister and host Paolo Gentiloni, U.S. president Donald Trump, French president Emmanuel Macron, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, and the European leaders Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk (British prime minister Theresa May had already left on Friday, cutting her presence at the summit short because of the May 22 Manchester concert bombing) -- several leaders and the heads of international organizations were invited to a special session to discuss human development in Africa and innovation:

    Beiji Caid Essebsi, president of Tunisia
    Mahamadou Issoufou, president of Niger
    Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Kenya
    Yemi Osinbajo, vice-president of Nigeria
    Hailemariam Desalegn, prime minister of Ethiopia

    Antonio Guterres, secretary general of the United Nations
    Angel Gurria, secretary general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Moentary Fund
    Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank

    Alpha Condé, chair of the African Union and president of Guinea
    Mahamat Moussa Faki, chair of the African Union Commission
    Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank

    27-May-2017 10:13 PM

    Canada chooses Charlevoix for 2018 summit

    Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau announced, at his briefing at the end of the Taormina Summit, that he will host next year's summit in Charlevoix, a beautiful region of Quebec on the shores of the St. Lawrence River.

    27-May-2017 04:12 PM

    G7 host Gentiloni receives his copy of G7 Italy: The Taormina Summit

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    At the end of an intense two days of summit diplomacy, Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni receives his copy of G7 Italy: The Taormina Summit, hand delivered by Giorgia Ponti.

    27-May-2017 09:48 AM

    Highlights of the leaders' first day at Taormina.

    27-May-2017 09:35 AM

    Have the G7 or G8 leaders ever agreed not to issue a communiqué?

    Madeline Koch


    Yes: at Kananaskis in 2002, Evian in 2003, Sea Island in 2004, 2005 in Gleneagles and 2006 in St. Petersburg, the G8 host leader issued a statement summarizing the leaders' discussion. At other summits, the leaders and their representatives issued communiqués or declarations that had been carefully negotiated — often right up until hours before being published.

    Rumours are circulating around the media centre here at Giardini Naxos that there might not be a communiqué or declaration issued by the G7 leaders today. 

    At Gleneagles and St. Petersburg, the G8 leaders released a joint statement with the leaders of Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa.

    To our knowledge, there has never been a year that the leaders and their representatives had prepared for a declaration but not reached consensus at the summit itself, resulting in a chair's summary.


    26-May-2017 10:09 PM

    Maruyama receives his copy of G7 Italy

    Katrina Bland and Sophie Barnett present a copy of G7 Italy: The Taormina Summit to Norio Maruyama, Japanese press secretary, after he briefed the press at the media centre in Giardini Naxos, near Taormina.

    26-May-2017 09:00 PM

    The tales Taormina can tell G7 leaders

    Brittaney Warren and Meredith Williams


    Taormina’s rich heritage, as the first Greek settlement in Sicily and with its ancient ruins and maritime culture well preserved, is a symbolic choice as the site for the 43rd annual meeting of the leaders of the G7 members. Indeed, Italy recognizes the significance of preserving culture, having integrated it into the G7 process with the first ever meeting of culture ministers in Florence on March 30-31, 2017. The ministers agreed to strongly support the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in protecting and preserving cultural heritage with the goal of countering violent extremism and radicalization. The culture-terrorism connection falls under Citizen Safety, the first of Italy’s three pillars for the summit. It encompasses three priorities: management of human mobility, stability in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), and the prevention of terrorism. Under this third priority, the leaders’ will also address terrorist financing, in which cultural looting plays a prominent role.

    The attack at the concert in Manchester on May 22, days before the summit’s start, was a gruesome reminder of the shared vulnerabilities G7 members face, and of the reality that millions of people in North Africa suffer from daily. Thus the decision to close the ports around Taormina during the summit is also symbolic, with the leaders facing much criticism. To date, approximately 45,000 North African refugees have been brought to Sicilian shores, where they are given medical care before being sent to reception centres across the country. Taormina was chosen as the summit site to shine a spotlight on the crisis. However, with ports closed from May 22 to May 28, the refugees’ already perilous journey will be extended by as much as two days to reach their destination, while the leaders deliberate their fate. At Taormina, leaders must act swiftly to demonstrate to the world they are serious about tackling the root causes of the refugee crisis, including stopping key sources of financing such as stolen cultural property and promoting secure but open borders. This should include deliverable commitments to ensure inclusive integration of those in search of safety that support the G7’s foundational missions of promoting democracy and human rights for all.


    26-May-2017 03:51 PM

    Behind the scenes at the Taormina Summit

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    26-May-2017 03:51 PM

    Italian colours flying loud and proud in Taormina

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