Germany takes over G7 presidency


Berlin, 01 January 2022 - Today, Germany takes over the presidency of the G7 for one year.  Foreign Minister Baerbock puts the work of the G7 foreign ministers on a prevention and transformation Agenda.

Logo G7 Germany 2022
Logo G7 Germany 2022© Bundesregierung

Key topics will be:

  • the climate crisis,
  • the pandemic, and
  • strengthening the resilience of democracies.

Coordination on foreign and security policy issues as core business

The close, trust-based and informal coordination on foreign and security policy challenges and crises is a central anchor point on the agenda of the G7 foreign ministers.

The G7 offers a unique platform for providing important impetus for conflict resolution and for dealing with strategic challenges on the basis of shared values.

Strong liberal democracies with a solid value base

Germany has set itself the goal of further strengthening the G7's value base.

For this purpose, important human rights issues are to be anchored even more firmly, such as in artificial intelligence, gender justice and with regard to accountability for human rights violations.

At the same time, liberal democracies should remain effective and actually offer people more freedom, security and sustainable prosperity.

Prevention and transformation agenda as leitmotifs

It is not only the climate crisis that demonstrates the importance of forward-looking, early and joint action.

That is why Germany wants to use the G7's decision-making power for a resolute prevention and transformation agenda:

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on this:

Act before it's too late: that's the main message we want to talk about at the foreign ministers' meeting, with a view to the climate crisis, with a view to combating the pandemic, of course, but also with a view to the resilience of Democracies.

Waymarks of the 2022 presidency

The “traditional” calendar waymarks for the G7 foreign ministers' process in 2022 are two meetings at ministerial level, the first in late May 2022 and the second in fall 2022.

Moreover, as every year, a joint G7 foreign ministers' meeting is scheduled on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2022, usually on topical issues of multilateral concern.

Deepening relations with value partners beyond G7

The G7 countries will not remain among themselves: Germany will also invite host countries that stand for common values such as freedom and the rule of law.

Germany will first focus on countries from Africa and then from the Pacific region at the two upcoming meetings of foreign ministers.

Background Information

The Group of Seven (G7) brings together Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Their main areas of deliberation in this format are the global economy, foreign and security policy, development and climate.

Along with the consultations of the heads of state and government, the G7 partners are now working together in several ministerial streams to achieve common goals.

These include Foreign Affairs, Digital and Technology, Finance, Health, Commerce and Interior.

Read more: https://www.g7germany.de/g7-en



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