The 42nd G7 summit was held on May 26–27, 2016 at the Shima Kanko Hotel in Kashiko Island, Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan. In March 2014 the G7 declared that a meaningful discussion was currently not possible with Russia in the context of the G8. Since then meetings have continued within the G7 process.
The attendees will include the leaders of the seven G7 member states as well as representatives of the European Union. The President of the European Commission is a permanently welcome participant in all meetings and decision-making since 1981.
The 42nd G7 summit will be the first summit for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It will also be the last summit for U.S. President Barack Obama. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will become the first head of state in Sri Lanka ever to be invited as a guest to a G7 summit in Sri Lankan history
The Japanese G7 presidency announced the following agenda:
Global economy and trade
Challenges affecting the growth of the world economy, like slowdowns in emerging markets and drops in price of oil.
Current foreign policy issues like counter-terrorism, conflicts in the Middle East, the Ukrainian crisis and North Korea’s nuclear programme.
Climate change and energy
How to lead the overall efforts of the international community in addressing climate change” following the signing of the Paris Agreement in April. The leaders will also discuss their leading role in energy policy and ensuring energy security.
As the first G7 summit following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in September 2015, the G7 leaders will discuss advancing and promoting the Goals.
Quality infrastructure investment
Importance of quality infrastructure investment contributing to sustainable development.
Strengthening the response to widespread epidemics “by taking into account the lessons learned from previous outbreaks” like the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. They will also discuss the promotion of universal health care.
Promotion of women’s empowerment in education, science and technology and in a wider range of areas.