The leaders of the G7 group and its five partner countries, including India, said on Monday that they want to promote a rules-based international order, respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of other states and adhere to the principles enshrined in the UN Charter. respect and defend. pledged to remain steadfast in their commitment to the defense of peace, human rights and the rule of law.
In a joint statement, the Group of Seven (G7), an intergovernmental political grouping, recognized the importance of the national laws and regulations applicable in each country to promote the principles and values of democracy.
“We, the leaders of Germany, Argentina, Canada, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Senegal, South Africa, UK, US and EU reaffirm our commitment to strengthen and operate the resilience of our democracies equitable, 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,” it said.
It noted the 2021 Carbis Bay Open Societies statement 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 the defense of 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 in these efforts to close,” the statement said.
“We salute all courageous defenders of democratic systems who resist oppression and violence and will step up international cooperation to improve the resilience of democratic societies worldwide.
“We commit to work internationally with partners for peace and prosperity, and will work towards progress towards a just world because we are stronger together,” it said.
It said the G7 is committed to promoting a rules-based international order, respecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of other states, respecting and defending the principles enshrined in the UN Charter, supporting the peaceful conflict resolution, combating the threat or use of force of sorts inconsistent with international law, protecting human rights, strengthening multilateral institutions to address global challenges, and developing and using technologies in accordance with democratic principles for the benefit of humanity.
The statement takes on significance amid aggressive moves by China in the strategic Indo-Pacific region and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
India, the US and several other world powers have discussed the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific against the backdrop 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 have increased their maritime security cooperation in recent years to protect common interests.
“By sharing these values, we stand stronger together and commit ourselves to supporting democracy worldwide and free and fair elections, including through electoral assistance; in the spirit of a partnership to fight climate change, environmental degradation and prevent biodiversity loss, mobilize climate finance and a just, equitable and socially inclusive transformation agenda, ensure an orderly, fair and equitable energy transition, taking into account energy security, national development priorities, viable and affordable technologies,” said the G7.
It also committed to support close cooperation in the run-up to the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27); improving food security to prevent famine and striving for energy security by ensuring resilient energy supply chains, noting in this regard the initiative of the UN Global Crisis Response Group; pursuing 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 pivotal role.
It has also decided to fight corruption, illicit financial flows, organized crime, cybercrime and other illegal activities, including through increased transparency on beneficial ownership; advocating for free, fair, non-discriminatory, rules-based and sustainable trade, reducing global inequalities, raising living standards, maintaining open and resilient economies and strengthening the multilateral trading system, including through reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The G7 group said it is committed to supporting efforts to find sustainable solutions to the rise in global public debt, particularly within the G20’s common framework for debt management outside the Debt Suspension Initiative. while continuing to look for further solutions for vulnerable countries, including middle-income countries.
It said it is committed to open public debate, independent and pluralistic media and the free flow of information online and offline, and promotes legitimacy, transparency, accountability and accountability for both citizens and elected representatives.
“We are prepared to defend these principles and are committed to protecting freedom of expression and opinion online and offline and to ensuring a free and independent media landscape through our work with relevant international initiatives; ensuring an open, free, global, interoperable, reliable and secure internet and increasing the cyber resilience of digital infrastructure, including by improving and sharing cyber threat awareness and expanding cyber response cooperation,” it added.
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