Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today concluded his participation in the G7 Summit in Elmau, Germany, where he announced significant new support for Ukraine. During the summit, he met with the leaders of the world’s major democracies to continue our coordinated efforts to continue to support Ukraine, build a cleaner future for all, provide COVID-19 vaccines to those in need and advancing our shared values of democracy, rights and gender equality.
Building on the close collaboration of G7 partners over the past few months in support of Ukraine, Prime Minister Trudeau announced $151.7 million in new humanitarian, development, peace and security support for Ukraine. This includes $75 million in humanitarian assistance to help provide emergency food, cash and vouchers, protection, shelter and health services to Ukrainians. It also includes $52 million for agricultural solutions, including grain storage units to help improve food security, $15 million to support life-saving clearance efforts and $9.7 million to support accountability. human rights violations. The Prime Minister also announced that Canada would provide a $200 million loan to Ukraine through the International Monetary Fund to help meet its urgent cash needs. Additionally, he announced that $73 million in humanitarian assistance that Canada pledged on April 9, 2022 has now been allocated to address the crisis in Ukraine and neighboring countries.
At the Summit, G7 leaders pledged to stand united in support of the government and people of Ukraine in their fight for a peaceful, prosperous and democratic future. This means continuing to impose severe and direct economic costs on President Putin’s regime. The prime minister announced new targeted sanctions against 34 additional Putin war supporters and 48 Russian and Belarusian defense sector entities. Canada will also sanction state-sponsored disinformation, ban the export of technologies that could improve manufacturing capacity in Russia and Belarus, and ban the import of certain gold products from Russia. G7 leaders issued a joint statement in which they reiterated their commitment to support Ukraine as it seeks to defend itself against Russian aggression.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has driven up the price of food and fuel, increasing the cost of living and creating food insecurity for people around the world, especially in the Global South. Last week, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, the Prime Minister announced $250 million in emergency food aid and discussed with other Commonwealth leaders the effects of the Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine on the world’s most vulnerable, including rising food prices, critical shortages and fears of famine. In Elmau, the Prime Minister shared these insights with other G7 leaders, who collectively pledged an additional $4.5 billion (USD) to protect the most vulnerable from hunger and malnutrition.
Leaders had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Jutta Allmendinger, Chair of the 2022 Gender Equality Advisory Council, to discuss gender equality challenges, including the disproportionate impacts of the pandemic on women and girls ; the increased vulnerability of Ukrainian women and girls to human trafficking; and the use of sexual violence in conflict.
Throughout the Summit, Prime Minister Trudeau spoke with G7 leaders and invited guests to reiterate the need for ambitious and coordinated action on climate change. Together, G7 leaders will work to create an open and cooperative climate club to accelerate progress towards implementing the Paris Agreement, which will complement Canada’s climate leadership, including in the global pollution pricing challenge. G7 leaders also committed to reducing the global investment gap for sustainable infrastructure and mobilizing private investment, and recognized Just Energy Transition Partnerships as a way to support transitions to low-emission societies. carbon and resilient to climate change. They also pledged to take immediate action to secure energy supplies and halt rising energy prices, without compromising our climate and biodiversity goals, including the transition to clean energy.
To continue the fight against COVID-19, G7 leaders agreed to accelerate access to vaccines, diagnostics and treatments in developing countries through the ACT-Accelerator. Prime Minister Trudeau highlighted that Canada has already provided $732 million in multilateral funding for 2021-22 to meet its share of the burden and has committed more than $2 billion to date, making it one of the biggest contributors. He also highlighted Canada’s international leadership beyond funding, with the Government of Canada playing an active role in the governance of the ACT-Accelerator and its COVAX facility, at all levels.
Following the Summit, G7 leaders issued a joint communiqué in which they agreed to jointly uphold the rules-based international system and address the key challenges of our time. Guided by our shared values and our desire to improve people’s lives, the leaders pledged to work with civil society and partners beyond the G7 to build the resilience of our societies, promote human rights online and offline and achieve gender equality.
“At this critical time, we must continue to act together to defend peace, security, human rights and democracy. At this G7 Summit, leaders worked together to further coordinate our efforts to support Ukraine, take ambitious climate action and build strong economies with a better future for all.
- Since the start of the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, Canada has committed $1.6 billion in loans and $1.3 billion in direct support to Ukraine, including $320 million in humanitarian assistance.
- During the Summit, Prime Minister Trudeau held bilateral meetings with the following leaders: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz , the Prime Minister of Japan, Kishida Fumio, the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, and the Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi.
- Argentina, India, Indonesia, Senegal and South Africa also participated in this year’s Summit at the invitation of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
- With the exception of 2020, G7 leaders have met annually since the 1970s to discuss issues of national and global concern.
- Canada last held the presidency of the G7 in 2018. Germany holds the presidency in 2022 and Japan will hold it in 2023. Canada will then host the G7 in 2025.
- The Prime Minister also welcomed news of the upcoming official visit of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to Canada from August 21-23, 2022. During this visit, the two leaders will meet to strengthen the Canada-Germany strategic partnership and discuss ways through which the two countries can partner to promote energy security and the transition to clean energy technologies, including secure access to key resources.
- The Prime Minister also welcomed the announcement of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s upcoming visit to Canada in September 2022. The President’s visit will coincide with the CETA Canada-European Union Clean Technology Summit , which will bring together experts and industry representatives. leaders to promote two-way trade, innovation and growth in clean technology sectors.