Civil 7, the G7 of civil society
Today and tomorrow the Foreign Affairs Ministry hosts the Civil 7, a two-day meeting with the participation of more than sixty representatives of civil society. At the end of the meeting the participants will present the proposals for the G7 leaders, a few weeks ahead of the Taormina Summit. The Civil 7 follows the January 27 meeting between the G7 Sherpas and a delegation of non-governmental organizations.
Civil society is a crucial interlocutor for the G7 Presidencies. It plays an advocacy role and mobilizes different sectors of the G7 societies, bringing institutions closer to the grassroots level, promoting and overseeing the commitments made by the G7 leaders.
Several topics will be addressed during the event in Rome:
1. Financing for development and systemic issues
2. Climate and Energy
3. Migration and refugee crisis
4. Food Security, Agriculture and Nutrition
5. Global Health
7. Gender issues
The meeting is part of a dialogue between the G7 governments and the civil society that has consolidated significantly in recent years. In 2016, over one hundred representatives of NGOs were invited to Ise-Shima, the city host of the Japanese G7 Summit. The Italian G7 Presidency is determined to continue involving the non-governmental organizations and further strengthen dialogue with civil society. The participation of NGOs is promoted by GCAP Italy and the CSO G7 Global Task Force.