En­vi­ron­ment, gender equal­ity on agenda at G7 Canada meet­ing

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - World -

CLI­MATE change will be on the agenda for this year’s Group of Seven sum­mit in Que­bec de­spite Canada’s dif­fer­ence of opin­ion with the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau’s per­sonal rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the sum­mit said in an in­ter­view Wednesday that im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Paris cli­mate ac­cord will be dis­cussed even though US Pres­i­dent Donald Trump has pulled the US out of the agree­ment.

“If we agreed on ev­ery­thing then there wouldn’t be a rea­son to meet,” said Peter Boehm, Canada’s deputy min­is­ter for the sum­mit.

The June gath­er­ing of lead­ers from seven wealthy democ­ra­cies will be Trump’s first trip to Canada as pres­i­dent.

Trump has shown dis­dain for many in­ter­na­tional mul­ti­lat­eral groups, but when it comes to the club of like-minded G7 democ­ra­cies — rounded out by the Ger­many, France, the United King­dom, Italy and Ja­pan — Trump is en­gaged, Boehm said.

“Mr. Trump at­tended the sum­mit last year in Italy and was an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant. We ex­pect no less this year. He’ll be at the ta­ble en­gaged with other lead­ers,” he added. Boehm is host­ing a meet­ing with the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of each coun­try in Water­loo, On­tario, this week and said Trump’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive and the oth­ers are happy with Canada’s fo­cus. “The US govern­ment as well as the other gov­ern­ments at the ta­ble quite like our agenda,” he said

Gender equal­ity and women’s em­pow­er­ment will also be ma­jor themes.

“Cer­tainly with the #metoo move­ment you could ar­gue this a theme that is quite rel­e­vant now,” he said.

Boehm said the dis­rup­tion of tech­nol­ogy on jobs will also be a fo­cus.

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