From 26 to 28 June, Dr. Axel Berger, Deputy Director (interim) of the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS), participated in two press conferences organized by Think7 during the G7 Summit in Elmau. Think7 is an officially mandated Engagement Group during the German G7 Presidency, bringing together think tanks and research institutes from the G7 countries and beyond. As Think7 Programme Coordinator, Dr. Berger addressed options for action by the G7 in the areas of international climate policy, infrastructure, and sustainable economic recovery from the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic and the effects of the war in Ukraine. He stressed that the proposed climate club must be designed to take into account the interests of developing countries and support multilateral climate negotiations. It is also important to expand the fiscal space of developing countries. The proposed infrastructure initiative can play an important role in this regard, especially if it involves additional funds that are also used to support a socio-ecological transformation. Furthermore, the worsening debt crisis in many developing countries needs to be addressed, especially by involving private lenders more. Since the G7 summit failed to reach any concrete decisions in this regard, the necessary discussions must continue within the framework of the G20. Dr. Berger was joined by Prof. Dennis J. Snower, Think7 Co-Chair and President of the Global Solutions Initiative (GSI) and other representatives of the Think7 Task Forces such as Dr. Christian Kastrop (GSI), Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner (Aspen Germany), Tina Blohm (FES) and Prof. Dr. John Kirton (University of Toronto).
Please read the final statement here: „ The Co-Chairs of the Think7 Engagement Group on the decisions of the G7 Summit“: https://www.think7.org/the-co-chairs-of-the-think7-engagement-group-on-the-decisions-of-the-g7-summit/
Click here to read Think7’s press release in the run-up to the summit: „ Think7: G7 faces landmark decisions for the well-being of humanity “ https://www.idos-research.de/en/press/press-releases/2022/think7-g7-faces-landmark-decisions-for-the-well-being-of-humanity/