The Group of 7 (G7) in Biarritz, France will talk about environmental and gender issues during the weekend meeting. According to the press materials, the G7 will discuss today on Sunday about trade and international security along with the Biarritz G7 final report.
The main focuses in the summit will be gender equality and environmental issues, but the delegates may bring new topics to the meetings as well. One of the informal discussions is the UK Brexit deal with the EU and it will be seen if the Group will have some kind of statement of the Brexit by tomorrow. The closing press conference will be on Monday pm with the French President Emmanuel Macron.
The G7 have analysed the most effective legislative measures to enhance the gender issues and is offering this initiative to governments to join the partnership. The advisory council have listed 70 laws and public policies and ask countries to adopt at least one of those and report back next year in 2020. During the year 2020 the US will be hosting the G7 meetings.
The second big issue is environmental questions. Climate change, oceans warming, biodiversity will be key topics also in Biarritz. The G7 signed the Charter of Biodiversity in Metz and it will be presented for adoption now in Biarritz. During the meeting there will be discussions also about the Green Climate Fund and its actions towards to financing the climate change mitigation actions.
The G7 has also identified three different public and private stakeholder issues to fight global warming. They are the coalition of maritime transport and how the shipping companies can reduce their carbon and pollution, the coalition of energy efficiency in the cooling sector and the coalition of fashion industry.
According to the G7 materials, the fashion industry accounts about 8 % of global greenhouse gas emissions and textile production is having 1,2 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year.
“This is more than all of the emissions produced by international flights and maritime transport combined. The fashion sector is also responsible for 17 % of the industrial water pollution worldwide and the microfibres shed by synthetic fabrics are responsible for up to 35 % of plastic pollution in the world oceans”, the report says.
This G7 Fashion Pact, is also signed by Francois-Henri Pinault, the owner of the one of the world’s biggest luxury companies Kering Group (KER). The Group includes brands like Gucci, Saint Laurent and Boucheron with the market cap of 51,9 billion euros.
The G7 countries include Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. The members represent about 40 % of the global GDP, but at that time when the group was established, in 1976, the countries represented 70 % of the global GDP.