The Group of Seven (G7) is made up of seven leading industrialised nations: the USA, Great Britain, France, Italy, Japan, Canada and Germany. In addition, the European Union is represented at all meetings. The Group of 7 (G7) is an informal forum for the heads of state and government. Once a year, they meet for a summit hosted by the country that is holding the presidency to discuss key issues of global politics, exchange their viewpoints and find constructive approaches to resolving problems and implementing them together with other countries. The Presidency of the Group rotates annually among the member countries.
Health is a major focus of Germany's G7 Presidency. Healthy populations are a strong driver of socio-economic stability and growth. The Federal Chancellor is determined to push for global health to be enhanced.
At the G7 launch event, the Federal Chancellor had assumed the patronage of Gavi, the global vaccine alliance's, replenishment conference in Berlin on 26/27 January of this year. Under the motto "Reach every child", Gavi aims to vaccinate 300 million more children in the world's poorest countries between 2016 and 2020. Thanks to the 7.539 billion dollars pledged on 27 January, this target is within reach and the efforts of recent years can be substantially consolidated and expanded. Germany alone has increased the funding for the 2016-2020 replenishment period to 600 million euros.
Antimicrobial resistance is ballooning worldwide, threatening to wipe out or at least eat away at the major successes achieved in the fight against infectious diseases. Multidrug-resistant pathogens do not stop at borders, they are a problem that concerns the whole world. This is why Germany will be campaigning for our G7 partner countries to step up their commitment to fighting antimicrobial resistance.
The Federal Government is leveraging the G7 Presidency to learn, together with its partner countries, important lessons from the Ebola crisis. The international community wants to ensure a swifter response to similar global crises.