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G7 Germany: The Schloss Elmau Summit 2015

Edited by John Kirton and Madeline Koch, with guest editor Andreas Freytag
Published by Newsdesk Media Group and the G7 Research Group, 2015

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Introductions and leaders' perspectives

10 40 years of G7 meetings commitment for growth and prosperity, peace and freedom /
40 Jahre G7-Treffen Einsatz für Wachstum und Wohlstand, Frieden und Freiheit
Angela Merkel, Chancellor, Germany
Reality denied will come back to haunt
Jean-Claude Juncker, President, European Commission
Working towards shared goals
Barack Obama, President, United States
Seizing opportunities to increase growth
David Cameron, Prime Minister, United Kingdom
Time to act on climate change
François Hollande, President, France
Creating a more prosperous world
Stephen Harper, Prime Minister, Canada
The future is today
Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister, Italy
An alliance of shared values
Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister, Japan
Towards a stronger Union
Donald Tusk, President, European Council
2015: a year of opportunity
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations

Editors' introductions

A summit of success: prospects for Schloss Elmau
John Kirton, Director, G7 Research Group
The changing dynamic of German-African relations
Andreas Freytag, Professor of Economics, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Welcome message

Welcome to Bavaria
Horst Seehofer, Bavaria Minister-President

The G7 in numbers

A look at how the G7 members compare on statistics ranging from gross domestic product to clean-energy investment

Economic growth, jobs and structural reform

Towards a more inclusive global economy
Angel Gurría, Secretary General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, explains the importance of inclusive and sustainable economic growth
Disappointing outlook underlines need for reform
Structural reforms of the labour and product markets must be implemented in order to catalyse growth, writes Robert Fauver, former US G7/G8 Sherpa
50 Decent work: essential for growth
Improving wages and social protection are key to tackling weak employment prospects, which are connected to inequality and sluggish economic development, says Guy Ryder, Director General, International Labour Organization
What can the G7 fix?
Jim O'Neill, Chair of the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance and former Chief Economist, Goldman Sachs, argues that the G7 and G20 should become less reliant on the US for growth
Education for 21st-century skills
Improving learning outcome at all stages is essential to unlocking young people's potential, says Claudia Costin, Senior Director for Education, World Bank Group
Wealth from women in the workforce
Julia Kulik, Senior Researcher, G7 Research Group, examines the benefits of expanding economic opportunities for women, and the G7's role in setting a global benchmarkroup

The G7 and global development

Smallholders: a big opportunity
Small farms in developing countries must be given more support to maximise efficiency, writes Kanayo F Nwanze, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development
Ensuring good food for all
A round table on sustainable agricultural development, featuring senior figures from Bayer CropScience, the World Food Programme and the World Bank
Investing in agriculture is the key to food security
A shortfall of investment is curbing progress towards greater food security, which is the basis for all sustainable development, says José Graziano da Silva, Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization
A framework for zero hunger
Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme, on the need for better financing mechanisms, sustained international engagement and investment, if the goal of ending hunger by 2030 is to be achieved
Interview on the IFC's role in the development of emerging economies
Jin-Yong Cai, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, International Finance Corporation

The G7, Africa and the post-2015 development agenda

Africa rising: prospects for growth
Prudent economic management has helped boost Africa's share of global trade and investment,  says Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank Group
Bringing power to Africa through partnerships
Andrew M Herscowitz, Coordinator, Power Africa and Trade Africa, describes how the US organisation is taking electricity to the most remote corners of the continent
Clean and reliable water for all
Water security is the joint responsibility of stakeholders and decision-makers across all sectors, says Benedito Braga, President, World Water Council

Special Feature: 40 Years of Summits: addressing global challenges

Special supplement by Sir Nicholas Bayne KCMG

Global health governance

Ebola and future health crises: the role of the G7
Michael Edelstein, David L Heymann and Philip K Angelides, Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, stress the need to improve global preparedness for health crises
Closing the gaps to end AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria
Gaps in funding and governance are hampering efforts to eliminate disease, says Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS, and Undersecretary General, United Nations
Immunisation: not just a lifesaver
Vaccination is key to economic development, educational attainment and healthier lives, writes Dr Seth Berkley, Chief Executive Officer, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
The all-of-society approach to fighting preventable diseases
Dr C James Hospedales, Executive Director, Caribbean Public Health Agency, asks for G7 leaders to focus resources on preventing non-communicable diseases
Global health security: a cosmopolitan moment?
The G7 must take the lead in reforming global health governance, says Ilona Kickbusch, Director, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Dementia: a new perspective
Vladimir Hachinski, Founding and Past Chair, World Brain Alliance, calls for new approaches to be adopted in the treatment of dementia and efforts to prevent it

Trade, investment, tax and transparency

Action against money laundering and terrorist finance
Emerging technological challenges demand a robust response from the global community, says Roger Wilkins AO, President, Financial Action Task Force
An insurance policy against protectionism
Yonov Frederick Agah, Deputy Director General, World Trade Organization, asks governments to reject economic isolationism in favour of a multilateral trading agenda
Making trade facilitation work
G7 countries must take decisive steps towards implementing the Trade Facilitation Agreement, says Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, World Customs Organization

Financial regulation and institutional reform

Collaboration will strengthen global financial stability
Financial reforms should be coordinated to avoid divergence on key issues, writes Fayezul Choudhury, Chief Executive Officer, International Federation of Accountants

Energy, climate change and the environment

Resource efficiency: an imperative for a sustainable world
Achim Steiner, United Nations Undersecretary General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, explains the wide-ranging positive impacts of resource efficiency
The G7's global climate leadership
Ella Kokotsis, Director of Accountability, G7 Research Group, considers whether the G7 has proved more effective than the United Nations in mobilising action against climate change
Energy security in the 21st century
Creating a sustainable energy system is only possible with the appropriate policy framework, writes Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director, International Energy Agency
Security of energy supplies inextricably linked with demand
A clear projection of demand is fundamental to future energy security, says Abdalla Salem El-Badri, Secretary General, OPEC
Financing the transition to a greener global economy
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, explains why the world needs greater access to climate finance

G7 summitry, peace, security and democracy

The danger of feeling safe
Benoit Hardy-Chartrand, Centre for International Governance Innovation, and David A Welch, Balsillie School of International Affairs considers the shifting geopolitical landscape in East Asia
Accountability: a powerful deterrent
International humanitarian law must be robustly enforced in the face of ongoing conflict, argues Valerie Amos, Undersecretary General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Delivering on the Brussels Summit commitments
Complying with its commitments is vital to the G7's legitimacy, writes Caroline Bracht, Senior Researcher, G7 Research Group
The global agenda from an interfaith perspective
Rev Dr Karen Hamilton, General Secretary, Canadian Council of Churches, looks at the role of faith communities in engaging with local populations and addressing key global issues
The civil society contribution
Policymakers must tackle increasing inequality across the world by putting the needs of ordinary people first, says Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International
The value of shared beliefs
Katharina Gnath, Bertelsmann Foundation, and Claudia Schmucker, German Council on Foreign Relations, assess areas of overlap and divergence between the G7 and G20

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