Germany’s 2022 G7 Presidency
In line with the motto "Progress towards an equitable world" Germany will be using its G7 Presidency to foster healthy lives, shared community on a sustainable planet, economic stability, investment in a better future and strong togetherness worldwide.
The Federal Ministry of Health works to improve people’s health. Our aim is to protect people from future pandemics, the increasing emergence of antimicrobial resistance and ongoing climate change. The G7 health ministers will work toward finding common positions on these key priorities. To this end, they will come together for a joint meeting in Berlin on 19 and 20 May 2022.
The health ministers of the G7 countries have agreed on a pact to fight pandemics. Its aim is to identify outbreaks faster in the future and mount a more effective response. To this end, expert networks are to be set up worldwide. This is the result of the two-day G7 Health Minister's Meeting that was held in Berlin from 19–20 May 2022.
You can download all relevant G7 documents and statements here:
- Concept Note - G7 Pact for Pandemic Readiness (PDF, not accessible, 209 KB)
- G7 Health Ministers’ Communiqué (PDF, not accessible, 261 KB)
- Roadmap for Practical Cooperation to advance the G7 Pact for Pandemic Readiness (PDF, accessible, 220 KB)
Chairs’ Summary – Joint Working Session of the G7 Development and Health Ministers “Supporting vaccine equity and pandemic preparedness in developing countries”
Key priorities of the German G7 Presidency in the area of health:
Ending the coronavirus pandemic together and improving our responsiveness to future health crises
Combating the COVID-19 pandemic is a key priority for the German G7 Presidency. The Federal Ministry of Health strongly advocates funding the ACT-A, so as to facilitate access to vaccines for people worldwide. To protect people from new outbreaks, the global health architecture is to be strengthened, with WHO playing a central, leading and coordinating role.
Control of antimicrobial resistance
Over 1.2 million people die every year worldwide from infections caused by resistant pathogens. Together with its G7 partners, Germany is working to combat antimicrobial resistance. To this end, the unnecessary use of antibiotics is to be reduced and research and development into new antibiotics promoted.
Climate and health
The consequences of climate change affect human health in different ways. Alongside our G7 partners we are working to improve the climate resilience of the heath sector, for example, by better protecting people against extreme weather events such as severe heat. The health sector, which is energy and resource intensive, will also make its contribution to climate neutrality, thereby improving environment-related health protection.
Brief explanation of the Group of Seven (G7)
The Group of Seven (G7) is made up of seven leading industrialised countries: the US, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Japan, Canada and Germany. In addition, the European Commission is represented at all meetings. The Group of Seven (G7) is an informal forum of Heads of State and Government. These leaders come together for an annual summit at the incumbent Presidency’s invitation. At the summit, they discuss key matters concerning global policy, share their perspectives and endeavour to develop constructive solutions that can then be jointly implemented together with other countries. The Presidency rotates among members on an annual basis.