Minister Sajjan to attend G7 Development Ministers’ Meeting in Berlin
May 17, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, will travel to Berlin, Germany, to attend the G7 Development Ministers’ Meeting from May 18 to 19, 2022.
At the meeting, Minister Sajjan will meet with G7 partners to discuss the international response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. They will discuss the ongoing global food security crisis, how it has been exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, and how it affects the most vulnerable, including those already facing humanitarian crises, particularly in Africa and the Middle East. Ministers will consider options for addressing pressing development challenges such as infrastructure investment, climate action and the importance of feminist development policy, especially during crises.
International cooperation remains critical to an inclusive, sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, for the first time, the G7 Development Ministers’ Meeting will have a joint working session with the G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting. Minister Sajjan will be joined by his colleague, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, to discuss accelerating equitable and sustainable access to safe and quality-assured vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics, as well as strengthening pandemic prevention, preparedness and response in developing countries.
During the 2-day session, Minister Sajjan will also have the opportunity to hold bilateral meetings with several counterparts and multilateral partners.
“Canada stands united with our G7 partners in steadfast support for the people of Ukraine. This conflict has underscored the critical importance of international cooperation to coordinate our responses in times of crisis, and ensure that we leave no one behind.”
- Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada
The G7 is an informal group of like-minded partners that brings together Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.
The G7 dates back to the mid-1970s, and the G7 presidency, which rotates annually between member countries, sets the agenda for the year in consultation with G7 partners. Germany holds the presidency for 2022.
G7 development ministers last met in person at the Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting in December 2021 in the United Kingdom.
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