The G7 Leaders Discuss COVID Recovery in Cornwall

Published June 12th, 2021 - 07:43 GMT

The G7 is meeting face to face for the first time since 2019, at a beachside venue in Cornwall, southwest England, after the coronavirus led to the cancellation of last year's summit.

Leaders are to agree on a joint declaration aimed at preventing another pandemic, as they resume wide-ranging talks at their first in-person summit in almost two years.

The group of leading economies - Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States - are seeking to showcase Western democratic cohesion against a resurgent China and recalcitrant Russia.

The leaders opened the three-day summit Friday with expectations of a pledge to donate one billion vaccine doses to poor countries this year and next - much too slow to end the crisis now, campaigners said.

The G7 this weekend will also tackle climate change, and safeguarding global biodiversity, to lay the groundwork for the UN's pivotal COP26 environmental summit in Scotland in November.

The G7 is expected to finalize the "Carbis Bay Declaration" comprising a series of commitments to prevent a repeat of the devastation wreaked by the coronavirus.

The G7 leaders are also expected to outline more help for developing nations to build up infrastructure, as a counterpoint to the debt-fuelled spending by China in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and his wife Carrie Johnson welcome Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prior to the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and his wife Carrie Johnson welcome Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prior to the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. Ludovic MARIN / AFP

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and France's President Emmanuel Macron take part in a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit in Carbis bay

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and France's President Emmanuel Macron take part in a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit in Carbis bay, Cornwall on June 12, 2021. Ludovic MARIN / AFP

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and South Korea's first lady Kim Jung-sook arrive at Cornwall Airport Newquay, near Newquay, Cornwall, on June 11, 2021 for the G7 summit.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and South Korea's first lady Kim Jung-sook arrive at Cornwall Airport Newquay, near Newquay, Cornwall, on June 11, 2021 for the G7 summit. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for the three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. PETER NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP

US First Lady Jill Biden attends the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, south-west England on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay,

US First Lady Jill Biden attends the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, south-west England on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. Leon Neal / POOL / AFP

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) elbow-bumps Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel as he greets her and her husband Joachim Sauer at the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) elbow-bumps Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel as he greets her and her husband Joachim Sauer at the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. Ludovic MARIN / AFP

US President Joe Biden (L) and France's President Emmanuel Macron share a light moment before the family photo at the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall

US President Joe Biden (L) and France's President Emmanuel Macron share a light moment before the family photo at the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. Ludovic MARIN / AFP

A boat sculpture with the words 'As the sea dies, we die' written on the sail is pictured during an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest on the beach in St Ives, Cornwall on June 11, 2021, on the first day of the three-day G7 summit being held from 11-13 June. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for the three-day talks in Carbis Bay,

A boat sculpture with the words 'As the sea dies, we die' written on the sail is pictured during an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest on the beach in St Ives, Cornwall on June 11, 2021, on the first day of the three-day G7 summit being held from 11-13 June. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for the three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

L-R) Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President of the European Council Charles Michel, US President Joe Biden, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italy's Prime minister Mario Draghi, France's President Emmanuel Macron, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for the family photo at the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy

L-R) Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President of the European Council Charles Michel, US President Joe Biden, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italy's Prime minister Mario Draghi, France's President Emmanuel Macron, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for the family photo at the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. Leon Neal / POOL / AFP

L-R) President of the European Council Charles Michel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Italy's Prime minister Mario Draghi attend a working sesssion at the G7 summit in Carbis Bay

L-R) President of the European Council Charles Michel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Italy's Prime minister Mario Draghi attend a working sesssion at the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. Ludovic MARIN / AFP

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and his wife Carrie Johnson welcome Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prior to the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and France's President Emmanuel Macron take part in a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit in Carbis bay
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and South Korea's first lady Kim Jung-sook arrive at Cornwall Airport Newquay, near Newquay, Cornwall, on June 11, 2021 for the G7 summit.
US First Lady Jill Biden attends the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, south-west England on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay,
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) elbow-bumps Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel as he greets her and her husband Joachim Sauer at the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall
US President Joe Biden (L) and France's President Emmanuel Macron share a light moment before the family photo at the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall
A boat sculpture with the words 'As the sea dies, we die' written on the sail is pictured during an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest on the beach in St Ives, Cornwall on June 11, 2021, on the first day of the three-day G7 summit being held from 11-13 June. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for the three-day talks in Carbis Bay,
L-R) Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President of the European Council Charles Michel, US President Joe Biden, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italy's Prime minister Mario Draghi, France's President Emmanuel Macron, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for the family photo at the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy
L-R) President of the European Council Charles Michel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Italy's Prime minister Mario Draghi attend a working sesssion at the G7 summit in Carbis Bay
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and his wife Carrie Johnson welcome Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prior to the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and his wife Carrie Johnson welcome Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prior to the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. Ludovic MARIN / AFP
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and France's President Emmanuel Macron take part in a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit in Carbis bay
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and France's President Emmanuel Macron take part in a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit in Carbis bay, Cornwall on June 12, 2021. Ludovic MARIN / AFP
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and South Korea's first lady Kim Jung-sook arrive at Cornwall Airport Newquay, near Newquay, Cornwall, on June 11, 2021 for the G7 summit.
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and South Korea's first lady Kim Jung-sook arrive at Cornwall Airport Newquay, near Newquay, Cornwall, on June 11, 2021 for the G7 summit. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for the three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. PETER NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP
US First Lady Jill Biden attends the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, south-west England on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay,
US First Lady Jill Biden attends the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, south-west England on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. Leon Neal / POOL / AFP
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) elbow-bumps Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel as he greets her and her husband Joachim Sauer at the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) elbow-bumps Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel as he greets her and her husband Joachim Sauer at the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. Ludovic MARIN / AFP
US President Joe Biden (L) and France's President Emmanuel Macron share a light moment before the family photo at the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall
US President Joe Biden (L) and France's President Emmanuel Macron share a light moment before the family photo at the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. Ludovic MARIN / AFP
A boat sculpture with the words 'As the sea dies, we die' written on the sail is pictured during an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest on the beach in St Ives, Cornwall on June 11, 2021, on the first day of the three-day G7 summit being held from 11-13 June. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for the three-day talks in Carbis Bay,
A boat sculpture with the words 'As the sea dies, we die' written on the sail is pictured during an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest on the beach in St Ives, Cornwall on June 11, 2021, on the first day of the three-day G7 summit being held from 11-13 June. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for the three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP
L-R) Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President of the European Council Charles Michel, US President Joe Biden, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italy's Prime minister Mario Draghi, France's President Emmanuel Macron, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for the family photo at the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy
L-R) Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President of the European Council Charles Michel, US President Joe Biden, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italy's Prime minister Mario Draghi, France's President Emmanuel Macron, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for the family photo at the start of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. Leon Neal / POOL / AFP
L-R) President of the European Council Charles Michel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Italy's Prime minister Mario Draghi attend a working sesssion at the G7 summit in Carbis Bay
L-R) President of the European Council Charles Michel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Italy's Prime minister Mario Draghi attend a working sesssion at the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall on June 11, 2021. G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, for three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. Ludovic MARIN / AFP