[Policy Recommendations] Recommendations for the G7 Hiroshima Summit by the C7 Global Health Working Group (April 20, 2023)
The Planetary Health Policy Team collaborated to the development of the Planetary Health portion of the recommendation released by the C7 Global Health Working Group.
Civil7 (C7) is one of the G7’s Civil7 (C7) is one of the official Engagement Groups of the G7 and represents positions from the international civil society, particularly from non-governmental organizations. C7 gathered over 700 representatives from more than 72 countries to divide them into six working groups, each of which is responsible for a specific policy area for the G7 Summit to be held in Hiroshima. The Global Health Working Group has prepared a recommendation focusing on universal health coverage (UHC), gender and health, planetary health, global health architecture, and pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response (PPPR), The following is a summary of the five perspectives of the PPPR: Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (PPPR).
This recommendation, together with those made by the other working groups, was handed over by the C7 representatives to the G7 President, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan, as a C7 Communiqué on April 12, 2023.
Below is the planetary health portion of the recommendation;
Planetary boundaries are thresholds of environmental stability beyond which abrupt and irreversible changes may occur. Crossing them risks catastrophic consequences for humanity’s ability to thrive on Earth. Therefore, we highlight current challenges such as climate crisis, food security, and environmental pollution.
We urge the G7 to:
- Strengthen inclusive and accountable climate finance, prioritizing planetary health in health policies, and prioritizing co-beneficial policies of the environment and health to tackle climate change.
- Pursue food security and nutrition and shift to sustainable food systems through intersectoral collaboration across health and agricultural sectors while respectfully incorporating Indigenous perspectives.
- Reduce environmental pollution, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, promote clean and environmentally friendly transportation systems, and regulate pollutants in urban areas.
- Accelerate contributions through global partners and invest in climate and disaster resilient sustainable quality infrastructure as necessary to achieving climate commitments and the SDGs.
The Communiqué can be found here.
The announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can be found here.
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