G7 Summit: Think Ahead. Act Together
When the heads of state and government of the seven most important industrial nations, the G7, will meet in in Elmau on 7 and 8 June 2015, future politics should dominate the agenda. The G7 builds a community of values. They have to take on global responsibility and adjust politics to ensure the well-being of all people. Climate protection, the post-2015 agenda and its financing have to belong to the primary discussion points alongside foreign, security and development politics. This is of importance as in September the UN General Assembly will pass Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in December the international community aims at signing a universal and binding climate contract in Paris. Through addressing Chancellor Angela Merkel in an open letter, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, SDSN Germany, has already called on the G7’s self-commitment to stress the urgency of this climate contract. In 2007, the G7 formally committed to protecting the earth’ s biodiversity already during the past G7/G8 meeting in Germany. In the “G7 Elmau Progress Report: Biodiversity – A foundation for sustainable development” the G7 analyses and evaluates the progress it has made. Researchers from the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik have substantially contributed towards its preparation.