On May 26-27, Taormina hosted the Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the G7, the group of most industrialized economies, plus the European Union, which is a non-enumerated member. This was the sixth time that Italy took over the rotating G7 Presidency. The first occasion was in 1980 in Venice, which also hosted the event in 1987. Summits were then held in Naples in 1994, Genoa in 2001 and L'Aquila in 2009.
DocumentsG7 Taormina Leaders' Communiqué
G7 Roadmap for a Gender-Responsive Economic Environment
G7 People-Centered Action Plan on Innovation, Skills and Labor
G7 Taormina Statement on the Fight Against Terrorism and Violent Extremism
Prime Minister: Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister: Theresa May
President of the European Commission: Jean-Claude Juncker
Presidene of the European Council: Donald Tusk
President: Donald Trump
Capital: Washington D.C.
President: Emmanuel Macron
Chancello: Angela Merkel
Prime Minister: Paolo Gentiloni
Prime Minister: Shinzo Abe
The mission of the 2017 Summit is "Building the Foundations of Renewed Trust". The agenda is based on three fundamental pillars: 1) citizen safety; 2) economic, environmental and social sustainability and the reduction of inequalities; 3) innovation, skills and labor in the age of the Next Production Revolution.
Building the Foundations of Renewed Trust
The mission of the Italian G7 Presidency in 2017 is “Building the Foundations of Renewed Trust”. Citizens are increasingly skeptical of their governments’ ability to deliver on issues that affect their daily lives, ranging from security to environmental sustainability to economic well-being. Therefore, behind the mission of the Italian Presidency stands the notion that governments should first and foremost adopt policies aimed at meeting their citizens’ overall expectations. Faced with such challenges, Italy will rest the program of work of its G7 Presidency on three pillars.
1. Citizen Safety
The first pillar will focus on assuaging the worries of citizens in a time of geopolitical instability. In particular, the Italian Presidency will make sure that the G7 continues to offer a fundamental contribution regarding foreign policy and security issues, with specific reference to crisis situations in sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA region and to the prevention of terrorism. A specific attention will also be given to the phenomenon of human mobility so as to orderly and safely manage the current migrant and refugee flows.
2. Economic, Environmental and Social Sustainability and Reduction of Inequalities
The second pillar will focus on the application of the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, particularly with regard to implementing the UN Paris Agreement on climate change, food security and nutrition (building upon the legacy of Expo Milan 2015), health, gender equality, women and girls economic empowerment and education. Furthermore, particular attention will be devoted to inequality, not just in income or wealth, but in terms of disparities and unfair practices due to gender or ethnicity, as well as differences in access to health systems and to education.
3. Innovation, Skills and Labor in the Age of the Next Production Revolution
The third pillar will be devoted to the deployment of a global, coordinated, intergenerational effort to make innovation the catalyst of worldwide prosperity and inclusive growth. Such an effort shall particularly aim at pursuing an orderly and fair transition towards the Next Production Revolution, via the adoption of pragmatic and long-sighted policies so as to ensure the strongest possible engagement with the stakeholders of innovation. This array of policies – spanning from industrial policies to enabling factors, from education and skills to social policies – aims to increase productivity and competitiveness through Industry 4.0 and new production models; to identify and spread new skills; and to improve welfare systems and labor policy so as to ensure everyone benefits from the digital revolution.
The decision to hold the event in Sicily – and, in particular, in Taormina – highlights the capacity to unite hope and hospitality in a single shared effort. Located on a natural terrace overlooking the sea, this Sicilian city is considered one of the world’s most beautiful. The fascinating medieval village, with its ancient history and its vast cultural heritage, has always attracted travelers, aristocrats, artists and international writers.
At the G7 Summit in Taormina cutting-edge technologies, selected through a public tender held by the Italian government, have been showcased. The aim was to highlight Italian innovation at an international level. The project was linked to the G7 Innovation Week that was held in Turin at the end of September, during which the Ministerial Meetings of Industry, Science and Labor took place. Around town, trees with fingerprint biometric recognition have been placed, allowing people to recharge tablets and smartphones. Totems installed at the main mobility junctions reduced pollutants in the air and provided real-time information through a synchronization with the “G7 Experience” WebAPP available to delegates and journalists. Another highlight included a production process developed by a Sicilian startup that produces fabrics by recycling the scraps of orange skins. These examples and more of “Made in Italy innovation” have been successfully showcased during the Summit.