Committed to strengthening the resilience of our democracies: G7 leaders

Leaders of the G7 group and its five partner countries, including India, said on Monday that they seek to promote a rules-based international order, respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of other states, respect and uphold the principles enshrined in the UN Charter. while promising to remain steadfast in their commitment to uphold peace, human rights and the rule of law.

In a joint declaration, the Group of Seven (G7), an intergovernmental political group, recognized the importance of the national laws and regulations in force in each country to promote the principles and values ​​of democracy.

We the leaders of Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Senegal, South Africa, the UK, the US and the EU affirm our commitment to strengthening the resilience of our democracies and to working towards fair, inclusive and sustainable solutions to global challenges, including climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, and reaffirm our commitment to the rules-based international order, he said.

It took note of the 2021 Carbis Bay Open Societies Declaration and acknowledged the dramatic changes in the geopolitical situation since then and the significant threats to democratic systems around the world.

We remain steadfast in our commitment to uphold peace, human rights, the rule of law, human security and gender equality, as recognized by international law, including the United Nations Charter, and call on our international partners to join us in these efforts, the statement said.

We salute all brave defenders of democratic systems who oppose oppression and violence, and we will intensify international cooperation to enhance the resilience of democratic societies globally.

We pledge to engage with partners internationally for peace and prosperity, and we will work to move towards an equitable world, because together we are stronger, he said.

He said that the G7 seeks to promote an international order based on rules, respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of other states, respect and defend the principles enshrined in the UN Charter, support the peaceful resolution of conflicts, oppose the threat or use of force of any kind that does not comply with international law, protect human rights, strengthen multilateral institutions to meet global challenges, and develop and use technologies in accordance with democratic principles for the benefit of humanity.

The statement gains importance amid China’s aggressive moves in the strategic Indo-Pacific region, as well as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

India, the US and various other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific in the context of China’s aggressive military maneuvers in the region.

China also claims almost all of the disputed South China Sea, although Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts of it. Beijing has built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea.

India has oil exploration projects in Vietnamese waters in the South China Sea. India and Vietnam are boosting their maritime security cooperation in recent years to protect common interests.

By sharing these values, we are stronger together and are committed to supporting democracy around the world and free and fair elections, including through electoral assistance; in the spirit of partnership to fight climate change, prevent environmental degradation and biodiversity loss, mobilize climate finance and support a just, equitable and socially inclusive transformation agenda, ensuring an orderly, just and equitable energy transition, taking into account account energy security, national development priorities, viable and affordable technologies, said the G7.

It also committed to supporting close cooperation in the run-up to the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27); improve food security to prevent famine and fight for energy security by ensuring resilient energy supply chains, highlighting in this context the initiative of the UN Global Crisis Response Group; making concerted efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and improve vaccine distribution and production, as well as our global health architecture for future health crises, with the World Health Organization (WHO) in a central role.

It also resolved to fight corruption, illicit financial flows, organized crime, cybercrime and other illicit activities, including through greater transparency of beneficial owners; advocating for free, fair, non-discriminatory, rules-based and sustainable trade, alleviating global inequalities, raising living standards, keeping economies open and resilient, and strengthening the multilateral trading system, including through reform of the World Trade Organization Trade (WTO).

The G7 group said it is committed to supporting efforts to advance sustainable solutions to mounting global sovereign debt, particularly within the G20 Common Framework for Debt Treatment beyond the Debt Service Suspension Initiative for debtors in need, while continuing to explore new solutions for vulnerable people. countries, including middle-income countries.

She said that she is committed to open public debate, independent and pluralistic media and the free flow of information online and offline, fostering legitimacy, transparency, responsibility and accountability for both citizens and representatives. elected.

We are prepared to uphold these principles and determined to protect freedom of expression and opinion online and offline and ensure a free and independent media landscape through our work with relevant international initiatives; ensure an open, free, global, interoperable, reliable and secure Internet and increase the cyber resilience of digital infrastructure, including improving and sharing awareness of cyber threats and expanding cooperation in cyber response, it added.

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