Britain announces plans to hold its first G7 summit in nearly two years in June, inviting leaders of the seven largest developed economies to a picturesque seaside village in the south of England to discuss for reconstruction from the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he wants to use Britain's G7 presidency to forge a consensus that the world economy needs to recover from the pandemic in a pro-free trade and sustainable way.
“The coronavirus is undoubtedly the most destructive force we have seen for generations and the greatest test of the modern order of things we have experienced,” he said in a statement. “It's absolutely right to approach the challenge by rebuilding better, united by a spirit of receptivity to create a better future.”
Britain has been hit hard by the Covid-19 health crisis, the highest death toll in Europe with more than 86,000 casualties.
While a third wave of the pandemic causes more than 1,000 deaths a day in Britain, the country is leading the vaccines and was the first in the world to approve the use of Covid-19 vaccines and hopes to vaccinate much of the population in the coming months.
Last year's G7 summit, scheduled to be hosted by US President Donald Trump, was canceled due to the pandemic, and the leaders of Britain, Germany, France, the US, Italy, Japan, the EU and Canada have not met in person since the 2019 summit in Biarritz, France.
Johnson also invited Australia, India and South Korea to attend.
Next June's meeting will be at the small resort of Carbis Bay in Cornwall, in the south-west of England – an area that is now famous for its beaches and surfing, but also hosts fishing fleets and was once an important mining area.
“200 years ago Cornwall tin and copper mines were at the heart of the UK industrial revolution and this summer Cornwall will once again be at the heart of great global change and progress,” Johnson said.