Progress for a just world

It has been seven years since Germany's last G7 presidency, when the G7 countries collectively committed to the Elmau goal of lifting 500 million people out of hunger and malnutrition by 2030. Now, another summit under the German G7 presidency is scheduled to take place at Schloss Elmau. "Progress for a just world" is the goal with which the presidency was assumed at the beginning of the year. New impulses for achieving the 2015 Commitment are up for discussion. Global challenges such as the climate crisis and pandemics remain on the agenda. In view of the changed world situation and Russia's war against Ukraine, another crisis is coming into focus. Now all eyes are on the upcoming summit meeting.

Svenja Schulze, German Development Minister, outlines the priorities of the G7 development ministers. Carin Smaller, former IISD and now Executive Director at Shamba Centre for Food & Climate, takes stock: From Elmau then to now, and "Beyond Elmau". Ms. Berns, head of the sub-department "International Cooperation, World Food Supply" at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, reports on the G7 agricultural line. In the interview Julia Harnal for Business7 and Matthias Mogge for Civil7 as well as Anna-Katharina Hornidge for Think7 give further impulses. In addition, Shivani Kannabhiran, OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct, informs about the G7 Sustainable Supply Chains Initiative.

"With the new Federal Government, Germany will not only remain a reliable partner for global development, but will also expand its political commitment. We have a lot to catch up on in order to achieve the goals of the 2030 Development Agenda. As the richest countries on our planet, the G7 have a special responsibility in tackling the Corona pandemic and climate change, and they must show global solidarity with the poorest."

- Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

Strong signal for global food security

Lead the transformation of agri-food systems towards sustainability and resilience - halting global food insecurity, climate change and biodiversity loss. In a separate commitment, the G7 pledged to protect the most vulnerable, who are currently hardest hit by the food crisis. An additional USD 4.5 billion has been pledged. Beyond the G7, around 100 actors have already joined the Global Alliance for Food Security (GAFS), which was launched by German Development Minister Svenja Schulze and David Malpass, President of the World Bank. An overview of the commitments and the communiqués of the actors involved.

German G7 Presidency from different perspectives

The priorities of the German G7 agenda are: Sustainable Planet, Economic Stability and Transformation, Healthy Living, Investing in a Better Future and Strong Cooperation. Science, the private sector, civil society and politics discuss the priorities of the G7 countries.

Agricultural sector: Jointly combating hunger, climate catastrophe and species extinction

What are the priorities of the G7 agriculture ministers? Cornelia Berns, Head of the Directorate for International Cooperation and World Food Affairs at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) on the importance of sustainable and deforestation-free agricultural supply chains and the promotion of investments in research and innovation.

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‘The demand is greater, the parallelism more strenuous’

The private sector and civil society have already handed over their demands to the G7 summit. Both agree: the G7 countries need common values. But what is in the communiqués of the Business7 (B7) and Civil7 (C7)? Questions to Julia Harnal (BASF) from B7 and Mathias Mogge (Welthungerhilfe/VENRO) from C7. An interview by journalist Jan Rübel.

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‘In every situation there are also opportunities’

Many different crises are being negotiated in Elmau. What does this mean for governmental action? Anna-Katharina Hornidge is co-manager of Think7 – the association of leading think tanks. She also sees the summit as an opportunity to make a big splash. An interview by journalist Jan Rübel.

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Sustainability commitments along global agricultural supply chains

The Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) brings together stakeholders from the public and private sectors to develop benchmarking criteria that support organisations achieve additional levels of supply chain due diligence. An interview with Shivani Kannabhiran, Manager Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Centre for Responsible Business Conduct.

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