BMZ special feature on the German G7 Presidency The G7 Development Track

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

This is where, in various thematic working and coordination groups, important development policy issues and initiatives are discussed among the G7 members and are prepared for the development ministerial and for the G7 Summit.

Under the German G7 Presidency in 2022, the Development Track includes the Food Security Working Group, for example, which is where measures to combat hunger and malnutrition are introduced.

The newly established Working Group on the Partnership for Infrastructure and Investment is working on the design of partnership-based and sustainable infrastructure investments with the aim of promoting a sustainable, green, digital and equitable transformation to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda.

The Accountability Working Group is tasked with reviewing the implementation status of a current total of 50 development-related G7 commitments and submitting a comprehensive accountability report.

The BMZ is also co-lead in the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Working Group, for which the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) is responsible. This working group is concerned with achieving joint progress on gender equality.

In order to have deeper coordination on especially important development challenges and enable rapid responses to current and ongoing challenges, there are also flexible ad hoc meetings. The Senior Development Officials, who are a high-level coordination group convened by the BMZ, maintain a general overview of the Development Track.

Development topics are also fed into other G7 tracks, such as those on climate, environment and energy, or finance.