The 2022 G7 Summit is due to take place from 26 to 28 June 2022 at Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps.

Group of 7 Germany’s G7 Presidency in 2022: An opportunity for development cooperation

"Progress towards an equitable world" – The slogan chosen by the German government for its Presidency of the Group of 7 (G7) this year clearly indicates the route it has mapped out.

Germany wants to use its Presidency to foster a sustainable planet, healthy lives, investment in a better future and a world that is stronger together. And so, during the German G7 Presidency, the BMZ is pursuing a programme that revolves around achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda.

Our focus is on measures that are of particular global urgency and of great importance to the everyday lives of the people in our partner countries.

Joe Biden (President of the USA), Boris Johnson (Prime Minister of Great Britain), Fumio Kishida (Prime Minister of Japan), Ursula von der Leyen (President of the EU Commission), Charles Michel (President of the European Council), Mario Draghi (Prime Minister of Italy), Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister of Canada), Emmanuel Macron (President of France) and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the beginning of the Second Working Session.
Joe Biden (President of the USA), Boris Johnson (Prime Minister of Great Britain), Fumio Kishida (Prime Minister of Japan), Ursula von der Leyen (President of the EU Commission), Charles Michel (President of the European Council), Mario Draghi (Prime Minister of Italy), Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister of Canada), Emmanuel Macron (President of France) and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the beginning of the Second Working Session.

The global community is facing a wide range of complex challenges, which can be resolved only in collaboration with developing countries and emerging economies.

Guided by this notion, Germany’s G7 Presidency can point to some important development policy outcomes following the meeting of the G7 development ministers and the G7 summit of heads of state and government.


Participants of the meeting of the G7 development ministers in Berlin during a working session

G7 Development Ministers’ Meeting Global Alliance for Food Security launched Internal link

19 May 2022 |

The G7 Development Ministers agreed today to launch a Global Alliance for Food Security as a way to combat the hunger crisis that is threatening the world. Federal Develop­ment Minister Svenja Schulze had proposed such an alliance at the Spring Meeting of the World Bank and had received support for her proposal from World Bank President Malpass.

Logo of Germany's G7 Presidency 2022

Joint Statement G7 Presidency, World Bank Group Establish Global Alliance for Food Security to Catalyze Response to Food Crisis Internal link

19 May 2022 |

The "Global Alliance for Food Security" (GAFS), jointly convened by the Group of Seven (G7) Presidency and the World Bank Group to catalyze an immediate and concerted response to the unfolding global hunger crisis, was launched at the G7 Development Ministers meeting today in Berlin, Germany.

German Development Minister Svenja Schulze speaks at the opening press conference of the G7 meeting of development ministers in Berlin.

Germany’s G7 Presidency Meeting of G7 Development Ministers starts in Berlin today Internal link

18 May 2022 |

The development ministers of the G7 countries are coming together today for a two-day meeting in Berlin. They will discuss common development policy responses to the challenges facing the world today – from the food crisis and climate change to the reconstruction of a free Ukraine. 

Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development
Under its new government, Germany will not just remain a reliable partner in global development but will also engage even more politically. There is a lot of catching up to do if we are to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda. The G7 countries, as the richest in the world, have a special responsibility in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and to climate change. They must show global solidarity with the poorest.
Svenja Schulze Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is responsible for the development policy track within the G7 process. 

Development policy priorities

Symbolic image: The flags of Germany, Ukraine and the European Union taken through a window of the Reichstag building in Berlin.

Addressing the impacts that the Russian war of aggres­sion is having in Ukraine and in the BMZ’s partner countries Internal link

Together with its G7 partners, Germany is striving with the utmost priority to alleviate increasing food insecurity and other consequences of the war.

Wheat field in northern Mongolia

Making agri-food systems sustainable, resilient and just Internal link

As a result of the current crises, hunger and malnutrition have further worsened in countries in the Global South. One of the top priorities of the G7 is to jointly address this problem.

Solar installation on the roof of the Sao Mai Corporation in Vietnam

Paving the way for for­ward-look­ing infra­structure in­​​​​​​​vest­ments for sus­tainable de­velopment Internal link

The BMZ supports effective and transparent infrastructure projects that meet high environmental and social standards. In doing so we are contributing towards the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement goals in Germany’s partner countries.

Overview of the geothermal power plant Olkaria, Kenya

Ambitious alliances to tackle climate change and loss of biodiversity Internal link

Overcoming the climate crisis and halting biodiversity loss are two of the biggest challenges of this century. The so-called "climate club" is an approach that the German government is using to meet this challenge. The BMZ is preparing Just Energy Transition Partnerships with selected partner countries.

Bags of coffee in Kenya's largest coffee roasting plant

A climate-neutral and socially just economic recovery Internal link

In order for development to be sustainable, the economic recovery must go hand in hand with social justice. As part of the German G7 Presidency, the BMZ is lobbying for a just transition as a guiding vision for the global transition to socially and environmentally sustainable economies.

Delivery of vaccines at the airport of Rwanda's capital Kigali

Facilit­ating global access to vac­cines and streng­then­ing health sys­tems Internal link

The key to ending the COVID-19 pandemic is global access to vaccines. That is why the BMZ is working with its G7 partners to make vaccines accessible for more people in developing countries.

People in the lecture hall of the Institute for Applied Agricultural Research and Training in Katibougou, Mali

Promo­ting gen­der equa­​​​​​​​lity Internal link

Gender equality is a key prerequisite for sustainable development and for an effective response to the impacts of climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises.

Development policy in the G7

Whilst the G7 was originally founded in 1975 as a forum to devise joint solutions for global economic and monetary problems, today it concerns itself with the whole range of topics that make up international politics. It plays an important role as a driver of development policy, mobilises funds for development and focuses public attention on key sectors and cross-cutting issues of development policy.

The G7 member states see themselves as a community of liberal democracies with shared values, standing up jointly for peace, security and self-determination. They are often the ones driving forward topics, such as gender equality or climate action, for which it is sometimes harder to reach a consensus in bigger forums.

Federal Development Minister Svenja Schulze at the start of the last meeting of G7 foreign and development ministers under the British G7 Presidency, on 12 December 2021 in Liverpool.

What is the G7 and how does it operate? Internal link

The G7 is not an inter­national organi­sation; it is an in­formal forum of heads of state and govern­ment. 

As at: 17/06/2022