G7 summit: PM Modi to attend outreach session virtually

G7 summit begins, PM Modi to attend outreach session virtually
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also participate in the outreach sessions of the G7 summit. The G7 is being hosted by UK PM Boris Johnson, on 12 and 13 June.

The United Kingdom holds the presidency of G7. It has invited India, Australia, South Africa and South Korea to the upcoming summit.

For the second time PM Modi will be participating in a G7 meeting. India had been invited by the G7 French Presidency in 2019 to the Biarritz Summit as a ‘Goodwill Partner’.

Mr Modi had also participated in the sessions on ‘Climate, Biodiversity and Oceans’ and ‘Digital Transformation.’

The theme of this year’s G7 summit is ‘Build Back Better’. It will discuss a way forward on global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier in 2021, PM Modi had called off his visit to UK for an in-person visit to attend the summit due to Covid-19 situation in the country.

Moreover, India also supports a follow-up enquiry by the WHO into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

What is G7 summit?

G7 or Group of 7 is an informal group of 7 countries. These are the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom.

The heads of these nations hold an annual summit with European Union and other invitees.

But the G7 has no legal existence, permanent secretariat or official members. And all of its decisions and commitments made at G7 meetings need to be ratified independently by governing bodies of member states.

The G7 summit began formally on Friday. British PM Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden have also pledged to share Covid vaccine shots. The US will share 500 million doses and one Mr Boris Johnson for another 100 million shots.

The meeting at the resort of Carbis Bay intends to chart out ways to energise the world economy. More is yet to come from the meeting which is the first since the coronavirus outbreak.

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