World Leaders Coming Together At The G7 Summit To Protect Our Oceans, Seas And Coastal Communities

“Our oceans and coasts are under considerable threat – from increases in plastic pollution, more frequent and severe weather events, and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Resilient coastal communities and healthy oceans are vital to growing economies that work for everyone and that is why we are committed to working with others to protect the world’s oceans.” – Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The cover of the latest issue of National Geographic magazine.

A News Release from the Office of Canada’s Prime Minister

Posted June 4th, 2018 on Niagara At Large          

(A Brief Foreword Note from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper – The following  news release was circulated by the Prime Minister’s Office this June 1st, are the same time news began sinking in about Trump’s sudden announcement to slap stiff tariffs on goods from Canada, Mexico and other allied countries in Europe, so there was no reference in the PMO’s release about that.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s hope of raising the issue of plastic pollution at this week’s G7 Summit was certainly a great idea give reports that the planet’s oceans may be swamped with a greater mass of plastic waste than fish and other creatures by the middle of this century if we don’t take significant action to address our addiction to plastic.

 Unfortunately, the looming plastic disaster will now probably take a back seat at the Summit to the T word. Once again, Trump and his antics manage to hijack the agenda away from other pressing issues the world needs to focus on.

A photo of a coastal bird tangled in plastic from the June 2018 issue of National Geographic, which all of us should get a copy of for this pressing issue.

Just as a P.S. – I can’t help but throw this in given the Trudeau government’s recent decision to buy the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline. Maybe the G 7 Summit  attendees should spend a little time about the continued damage oil spills do to to the world’s oceans and coastal communities too.)

Ottawa, Ontario – Healthy oceans, seas and coasts are essential to our way of life. They are a vast source of food and energy, and form the economic bedrock of countless communities and entire countries. They drive growth, create jobs and sustain people’s livelihoods around the world.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that Canada will welcome several world leaders and heads of international organizations to the G7 Summit to take part in a special outreach session, which will focus on healthy oceans and resilient coastal communities. It will be held on June 9, 2018.

The following leaders and heads of international organizations have been invited to the Outreach Session of the G7 Summit:

  • Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina and Chair of the G20
  • Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh
  • Jovenel Moïse, President of Haiti and Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
  • Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica
  • Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya
  • Hilda Heine, President of the Marshall Islands
  • Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway
  • Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda and Chair of the African Union
  • Macky Sall, President of Senegal
  • Danny Faure, President of Seychelles
  • Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa
  • Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, Prime Minister of Vietnam
  • Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
  • José Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank

These leaders and heads of international organizations will meet with G7 leaders to discuss how to build resilient coasts and communities, share ocean knowledge and science, and support sustainable oceans and fisheries. They will also explore how to best address pressing challenges, including plastics in our oceans and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Canada is committed to working with others in the G7 and beyond to strengthen resilience, fight climate change, and protect our oceans for generations to come. As with all work under Canada’s G7 presidency, these discussions will include a focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Quick Facts

  • These leaders and heads of international organizations will also attend a dinner hosted by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, at the Citadelle of Québec.
  • Canada holds the G7 presidency for 2018. Part of this role includes setting the agenda for the year, as well as organizing and hosting the Leaders’ Summit, ministerial meetings, and other associated events.
  • Canada is advancing domestic and international priorities framed under the following five key themes:
  • Investing in growth that works for everyone
  • Preparing for jobs of the future
  • Advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • Working together on climate change, oceans, and clean energy
  • Building a more peaceful and secure world

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