Prime Minister strengthens ties with our international partners at G7 Summit in Japan

2023 May 21

The G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Japan, reminds us of how far we have come as an international community. Vowing never again, we have built a rules-based international order that has promoted unprecedented peace and prosperity. The G7 strives for a better world where no one is left behind and is committed to the task of promoting economic recovery and resilience, accelerating progress towards the SDGs, and building clean economies of the future. At this G7 Summit and beyond, Canada stands ready to work together to coordinate our efforts towards a better future for everyone.

The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today concluded his participation in the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Japan.

At the Summit, G7 leaders advanced common values and shared priorities including strengthening global economic security and resilience, upholding the United Nations (UN) Charter, and working in partnership with emerging economies and developing countries to tackle shared challenges.

Today’s intersecting global crises – mounting armed conflict, climate change, food and energy insecurity, and the recent pandemic – call for more international collaboration, rooted in outreach and partnerships like the G7. Collectively, G7 leaders underlined actions in the following areas:

  • Support Ukraine in the face of Russia’s ongoing illegal war of aggression for as long as necessary.
  • Strengthen nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation efforts, consistent with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
  • Launch the G7 Coordination Platform on Economic Coercion to increase our collective assessment, preparedness, and deterrence, to respond to economic coercion, and to promote cooperation with partners beyond the G7.
  • Deepen cooperation with partners around the world to build clean energy economies of the future that reduce poverty and advance shared prosperity, as outlined in the G7 Clean Energy Economy Action Plan.
  • Launch the Hiroshima Action Statement for Resilient Global Food Security with partner countries to address food and nutrition needs today and into the future
  • Support sustainable quality infrastructure in line with the commitment to mobilize up to $600 billion by 2027 for the G7 Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII).
  • Allocate over $21 billion in funding to address the worsening humanitarian crises this year, including in response to the global food crisis.
  • Mobilize over $48 billion from the public and private sectors to support global health initiatives in the post-COVID-19 era, including the achievement of universal health care, and strengthening pandemic prevention preparedness and response.
  • Accelerate achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), recognizing that reducing poverty and gender inequality and tackling the climate and nature crises go hand in hand.
  • Support a free and open Indo-Pacific region which is inclusive, prosperous, secure, based on the rule of law, and that protects shared principles including sovereignty, territorial integrity, peaceful resolution of disputes, and fundamental freedoms and human rights.

Meeting in Hiroshima, a somber reminder of the unprecedented devastation and human suffering as a result of the atomic bombings of 1945, G7 leaders discussed nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. They issued the Hiroshima Vision on Nuclear Disarmament, in which they condemned Russia’s irresponsible nuclear rhetoric and underscored the importance of maintaining the 77-year record of non-use of nuclear weapons.

In an extraordinary demonstration of solidarity as Putin’s attacks continue, G7 leaders were joined by the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. He shared with G7 leaders direct accounts of the acute needs of Ukrainians and discussed longer-term challenges relating to reconstruction and economic recovery. G7 leaders reiterated their condemnation of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, reaffirmed their shared commitment to uphold the free and open international order based on the rule of law, and committed to support Ukraine for as long as it takes. Prime Minister Trudeau highlighted Canada’s multifaceted and ongoing support to Ukraine, including financial, humanitarian, development, military, peace and stabilization assistance, sanctions against Putin’s enablers, and immigration measures for Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion.

On the final day of the Summit, Prime Minister Trudeau held a bilateral meeting with President Zelenskyy. The two leaders discussed the country’s military and financing needs, as well as longer-term challenges relating to reconstruction and economic recovery. The Prime Minister reaffirmed Canada’s support for a Ukraine peace plan. In particular, he noted the participation of emerging economies and developing countries at the G7 as a valuable opportunity for engagement.

Economic resilience and security was a priority throughout the Summit’s deliberations. Prime Minister Trudeau highlighted Canada’s important role in global supply chain resiliency and critical minerals as part of building a green and sustainable future. He underscored Canada’s international leadership in critical minerals, particularly as one of the world’s largest producers of minerals and metals, while emphasizing the need for economic security to shield supply chains from economic shocks and geopolitical threats, and the importance of cooperative, multilateral efforts — including with partners outside of the G7 — to advance ambitious climate action.

The Prime Minister and other G7 leaders met with guest country leaders and Heads of guest international organizations to discuss accelerating progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including gender equality, food security, and global health; taking ambitious climate action and promoting biodiversity, while growing clean economies and jobs of the future; and defending peace, security, and human rights. He discussed the importance of working together to reform the international financial architecture to improve access to financing for emerging economies and developing countries. These efforts are driven by a steadfast commitment to ensure shared prosperity and decent work for all, leaving no one behind.

During the Summit, the Prime Minister advocated for greater cooperation with G7 partners in the Indo-Pacific on defence, security, and geopolitical issues, aiming to foster greater G7 consensus on countering threats to the rules based international order. He reaffirmed the importance of Canada’s Indo-Pacific strategy and leadership in the region, notably by highlighting the establishment of diplomatic relations with the Cook Islands.

Guided by shared values and drive to make life better for all people, leaders vowed to cooperate with civil society and partners beyond the G7 to strengthen the resilience of their societies, promote human rights online and offline, and achieve gender equality.