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22 August 2019

The G7 summit in Biarritz: for a fairer and more sustainable world

The G7 summit will be taking place in Biarritz from 24 to 26 August 2019. France has wanted this summit to be an eco-friendly event that champions gender equality through effective, innovative solutions, including during the preparations for the summit.
 
The figures speak for themselves: worldwide, nearly 800 million people are still living below the poverty line, more than 260 million children do not go to school, more than one billion women are not protected by the law if they are victims of violence at home, 100 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty by 2030 if the pledges to tackle global warming are not kept... and the list goes on.

France has therefore wished to place the elimination of inequality and the consequences of global warming at the top of the agenda of the G7 summit in Biarritz, with meaningful and innovative solutions being proposed to address them.

This is why the format of the G7 summit has been extended to embrace civil society and other countries than the usual seven, so that leaders genuinely take their recommendations on board and the world tackles the root causes of inequality.

Five priorities will shape the discussions on these issues:
  • inequality of opportunity,
  • protecting biodiversity and the climate,
  • security and counter-terrorism,
  • digital technology and protection of democracies,
  • the partnership with Africa.

The G7 summit, a model eco-friendly event

The G7 organisers wanted to set an example by committing to a twofold certification process where the event would not only be ISO 20121 (international standard for sustainable event management) but also "Equality at a Major Event" approved. The latter label, awarded by the French standardisation agency AFNOR, was created especially for the occasion.

The summit is thus taking tangible measures including:
  • waste recovery and initiatives to tackle waste (sorting for everyone, no butts, etc.);
  • use of green transport options (hydrogen innovation with 300 bicycles developed by a local Biarritz-based SME, electric trams and buses partially powered by a solar farm, etc.);
  • compensation (offsets) as close to the summit as possible (reforestation of the Hergarai Valley in the Basque region, reintroduction of the Basque black bee, Low-Carbon certification and carbon offsetting, etc.);
  • elimination of single-use plastics (eco-friendly bottles, reusable paper cups, etc.);
  • showcasing of local products and precedence given to short supply chains;
  • gender equality in action ("Equality at a Major Event" label, pride of place given to women excelling in their sectors in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, partnership with local businesses committed to advancing equality, etc.).
No country can eliminate equality alone. This elimintion is therefore to be taken up with the help of all those willing to contribute, especially civil society and the guest partners. France is determined to continue carrying the mantle of global leadership in this elimination alongside all those ready to lend their support.
 

More information on the G7 official website

 

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