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G7 Communiqué Addresses Disease Outbreak Response, NTDs, Women’s Entrepreneurship, Climate Change, Other Issues

Deutsche Welle: G7: Protests, climate, and few commitments
“…In the joint communiqué, which covered a range of topics but made few concrete commitments — as is often the case at such summits — leaders did commit to keeping global warming at two degrees in an attempt to tackle climate change and to phase out the use of fossil fuels by the end of the century…” (Conrad, 6/8).

The Guardian: G7 leaders agree to phase out fossil fuel use by end of century
“…[German Chancellor Angela] Merkel also announced that G7 governments had signed up to initiatives to work for an end to extreme poverty and hunger, reducing by 2030 the number of people living in hunger and malnutrition by 500 million, as well as improving the global response to epidemics in the light of the Ebola crisis…” (Connolly, 6/8).

Reuters: G7 states vow to wipe out Ebola but offer little concrete action
“Leaders of the Group of Seven industrial nations pledged on Monday to wipe out Ebola but offered little in terms of concrete action, disappointing nongovernmental organizations. G7 leaders said in a communique at the end of a two-day summit in the Bavarian Alps that they would offer help to at least 60 nations, including in West Africa, over the next five years to help prevent outbreaks from turning into epidemics…” (Martin, 6/8).

Washington Post: Obama, at G7 summit, seeks plan to combat Islamic State
“…The group backed a plan proffered by Germany, Ghana, and Norway for a new global crisis management scheme to quicken reactions during another health emergency like the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. Leading nations, according to the meeting’s communiqué, would also seek to slash the gender gap in workforce participation in their countries by 25 percent by 2025. Merkel, perhaps the globe’s most influential female leader, also announced that she would host a major global conference on equality and women’s rights in Germany this September…” (Jaffe/Eilperin, 6/8).

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