Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will host G7 counterparts from US, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan and the EU at a global summit in Liverpool next month. Tony McDonough reports
Foreign and development ministers from the most powerful economies on the planet are coming to Liverpool for a major summit in December.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will host G7 counterparts from US, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan and the EU for three days, from Friday, December 10 until Sunday, December 12, at the Museum of Liverpool.
In the final event of the UK’s Presidency of the G7. It will also include delegates from India, South Korea, South Africa and Australia, as well as – for the first time at a G7 foreign ministers’ meeting – a number of South East Asian countries.
They will discuss a range of global issues, including: economic resilience post-COVID, global health and human rights. Liverpool City Council and Merseyside Police are working with partners to minimise any disruption faced by residents and businesses in the run up to and during the event.
The Foreign Secretary said: “The meeting of G7 foreign and development Ministers in Liverpool next month is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the city to the world, highlighting the best of British culture, commerce and creativity.
I will be hosting our friends and partners to discuss how we build closer economic, technology and security ties globally and deliver for the British people. I want us to build a worldwide network of liberty that advances freedom, democracy and enterprise and encourages like-minded countries to work together from a position of strength.”
In the last year Liverpool has expanded its global influence, launching a Pandemic Institute to help identify future diseases. This will help the world prevent, prepare and respond more effectively to outbreaks.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joanne Anderson, added: “We are a fitting choice given our cultural significance, musical importance and sporting greatness which attracts visitors from around the world, as well as our scientific and architectural innovation.
“It is an incredible opportunity to showcase our amazing city to the G7 leaders – as well as the international media – who will be here to report on the event. We will promote Liverpool’s global heritage, its international outlook and ties, and show what a fantastic British and world city it is.
“We are also a city looking to the future with a recently launched global Pandemic Institute, the focus on life sciences in Paddington Village and plans to further improve our cultural offer through an innovative new music attraction on the waterfront.”