UK G7 targets ‘must be more ambitious’ | G7
The UK government is expected to broaden its ambition for the G7 next week to include deals that tackle long-term unemployment, eliminate precarious jobs and close gender and racial gaps, according to groups of people. civil society who received official status at the Cornwall summit.
In a letter to Boris Johnson, groups representing unions, women, ethnic minorities, developing world countries and young people said he should focus on avoiding repeating the mistakes that followed the financial crash of 2008.
Then, they said, governments allowed austerity to be the dominant theme and failed to take action that could improve living standards and address the climate emergency.
The Prime Minister is hosting the G7 this year and, as part of the summit, has appointed groups to represent civil society concerns. The Bond International Development Group has been appointed to coordinate the dialogue between the UK government and these organizations around the world.
Johnson has said he wants to “unite the main democracies to help the world fight and then rebuild better from the coronavirus and create a greener, more prosperous future”, but so far he has focused his efforts to conclude a global digital tax agreement.
Civil society groups have said the UK should seize the opportunity offered by the Biden administration in the US, which wants to prevent a generation of young people from continuing in precarious jobs that increase gender inequalities and races.
Joe Biden told G7 leaders he wants to strike ambitious deals on jobs, growth and the climate emergency when he joins other world leaders in Carbis Bay and St Ives in Cornwall at the three-day summit which will begin on June 11.
On Monday, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said the UK was on course to suffer the worst economic scars of any G7 country.
TUC leader Frances O’Grady was among the signatories along with Jessica Woodroffe, Director of the Gender and Development Network, Simon Starling, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research at Development Charity Bond UK , and Sophie Daud, CEO of the Future Leaders Network.
Their letter told Johnson, “This is not the time for leadership in name only: a crisis that defines an era requires leadership that defines an era.
“We must align ourselves with the most ambitious proposals of the G7 and define concrete and coordinated plans to create better jobs by moving away from precarious and atypical work, including in the platform economy.
“And we need to show how these plans will tackle gender and racial inequalities and provide support to young people hardest hit by the crisis, in the G7 and internationally.”