LONDON: Save the Children has expressed its dismay at the outcome of the G7 summit held over the weekend at a seaside luxury hotel in the English county of Cornwall, claiming it was a missed opportunity to help the world recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This was supposed to be the first major health benefits summit and it wasn’t,” Christy McNeil, the NGO’s executive director of policy, advocacy, and campaigns, said in a video posted on Twitter. We are incredibly disappointed with what the world has to offer in terms of vaccinations and getting every child back to school safely.”
During more than three days of discussions at the Corbyn Bay Hotel, G7 leaders set their agenda for economic recovery after the coronavirus, combating climate change, and tackling a range of foreign policy issues. G7 countries have doubled down on targets to reach carbon net-zero emissions by the year 2050 and fund women’s education, as well as poor countries by 2022, either directly or through the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility Pledged to donate one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses.
The G7 is made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US. The summit in Cornwall was also attended by EU leaders and several guest countries such as South Korea and South Africa.