The G7 Summit was set up by the committee of the most powerful nations of the world to deliberate on issues affecting all countries of the world. The 2015 edition of the G7 summit borders on the recent FIFA corruption allegations, free trade and Global warming issues. Global warming issues has become the priority of Germany at the ongoing summit with calls for all countries of the world to renew fight against carbon emissions and other destructive activities that are contributing to unusual increase in temperatures; Germany is pressing that annual global warming must not exceed -2 degree Celsius.
At the two day G7 summit, the Prime minister of the United Kingdom- David Cameron has called on other leaders to deal with International corruption. David Cameron put this called through to the other G7 countries- US, France, Canada, Italy, Japan, and Germany, in the wake of the biggest scandal that has engulfed the world football governing organization – FIFA.
G7 summit rocked by protests
While the G7 summit was on-going, thousands of police had to battle with about 5,000 protesters at the German resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Police had to apply pepper sprays against protesters as they break through the cordoned area. The protesters were believed to have trekked from nearby cities and through the narrow paths of the Alpine houses close to the venue of the summit. While dozens have been hospitalized or treated at the hospitals, it is believed that about 30 other protesters sustained minor injuries at the venue of the summit.
There has been several reasons believed to be the cause of the protests at the G7 summit and one of such is the objection to the proposed EU-US Trans-Atlantic trade and Investment partnership program ( TTIP), which the protesters believed will only favor few business individuals. Secondly , many people were of the opinion that the recent investigation of corruption against FIFA, was a selective one, considering the fact that Russia won the 2018 bid ahead of England, an ally of the US.
Things to know on decisions made at the G7 Summit
New support for the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The decision is an important one and welcomes a first step toward the state protection of human rights. This will enforce companies and corporations as well as countries to abide by policies that will reduce the risk of human rights violations. The agreement to cut marine litter. The World Plastics Council supports and applauds the decision to help de-clutter the waste and plastic found in our seas and oceans. Renewed US powers against terror groups like Boko Haram and ISIS.
Despite the ongoing protests, the G7 leaders have agreed to forge ahead with urgent policies that will reduce Global warming, human rights and other pressing issues