Prime Ministers and Presidents from the world’s leading democracies will come together in Cornwall in June when the UK hosts the G7 Summit.
The G7 – which is made up of the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the USA and the EU – is the only forum where leaders of the world’s most influential and open societies and advanced economies are brought together for close-knit discussions. They will also be joined by the leaders of Australia, India and South Korea who will attend as guests.
The choice of Cornwall as the location for the Summit will mean the eyes of the world are on the beautiful, historic and innovative region. The leaders’ meeting itself will be held from 11-13 June at the Carbis Bay Estate, but additional locations across the whole of Cornwall will reap the benefits of hosting the G7. Contingencies are also in place to respond to public health advice and ensure the Summit is Covid-safe.
International delegates will also be staying at the Tregenna Castle Resort and other locations in neighbouring St Ives and around Cornwall. Cornwall Airport Newquay and the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth will also play an official role in the Summit with Falmouth hosting UK and international media.
Visit Cornwall estimates the total economic impact for the region will be £50million, including through an increase in future tourism. 20% of Cornwall’s jobs are already linked to the tourism industry.
The Government will also work closely with Cornish leaders and institutions to ensure the Summit leaves a long term legacy for the region, reaping the benefits of hosting the G7 for years to come.
As a powerhouse for green innovation, Cornwall is an ideal location for global discussions on building back better from the coronavirus crisis. The Summit is an opportunity to show the crucial role that rural areas like Cornwall will play in the decarbonised, digitised world of tomorrow, complementing our major cities.
G7 countries already have strong ties to the region, including mining pioneers who migrated to the US in the 19th Century, innovative Japanese pottery in St Ives, and historic connections with Brittany in France.
The Prime Minister said:
“As the most prominent grouping of democratic countries, the G7 has long been the catalyst for decisive international action to tackle the greatest challenges we face. From cancelling developing world debt to our universal condemnation of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the world has looked to the G7 to apply our shared values and diplomatic might to create a more open and prosperous planet.
“Coronavirus is doubtless the most destructive force we have seen for generations and the greatest test of the modern world order we have experienced. It is only right that we approach the challenge of building back better by uniting with a spirit of openness to create a better future.
“Cornwall is the perfect location for such a crucial summit. Two hundred years ago Cornwall’s tin and copper mines were at the heart of the UK’s industrial revolution and this summer Cornwall will again be the nucleus of great global change and advancement. I’m very much looking forward to welcoming world leaders to this great region and country.”
North Cornwall MP, Scott Mann, said:
“The hosting of the G7 will be a real boost to Cornwall for our visibility and for our economy. Cornwall will be able to showcase its world-class facilities, hospitality and tourism sectors on the global stage, and I l know that this is an opportunity the Duchy will seize with both hands.
"The UK holds the Presidency of the G7 for 2021, and it will allow us to lead the international recovery effort from the COVID-19 crisis. I am very pleased that the Prime Minister chose Cornwall to host this pivotal event on the world stage.
"I know this will be a very exciting time for Cornwall as we showcase our beautiful area to the world."