G7 publish 2016 progress report

Cover of the G7 Ise-Shima Progress Report

20.05.2016 |

A week ahead of the summit of the G7 heads of state and government in Ise-Shima, Japan, the Group of Seven have released their 2016 progress report.

Every three years, a progress report is published that highlights the commitments on development policy and development-related issues that the heads of state and government have made at their summit meetings over the last few years. The fourteen new commitments agreed at the summit held in Schloss Elmau are among those reviewed in the "Ise-Shima Progress Report". They include, for example, measures to improve sustainability in global supply chains. This year's progress report contains a new chapter – on equality – which deals with the commitment made at Elmau to empower women in terms of financial independence and vocational education.

The report shows in which areas the efforts of the G7 group have been successful, and where greater effort is still needed. The greatest progress has been made in the health and education sectors, and in fostering education and good governance. The progress report gives several examples of G7 and EU projects that have been successful in each of these areas.

Action being taken by Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in Ethiopia is one instance of how the goal to lift 500 million people out of hunger and malnutrition – a goal agreed upon by the G7 group at Elmau – is being tackled. In Ethiopia, a programme is under way to fight malnutrition, in particular among women and young children. Measures are also being taken to improve people's resilience to food crises that may occur in the future. The G7 initiative on climate risk insurance – launched as a result of a proposal made by Germany and adopted under the name of "InsuResilience" – is also reviewed in the report.

The "Ise-Shima Progress Report", as it is known, shows that the G7 group have made noticeable progress on numerous development goals. Many of the goals they pledged to tackle have meanwhile become part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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