About the G7
Group of Seven
The Group of Seven (G7) countries comprise Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Canada. In 1998, Russia joined to form the Group of Eight (G8). However, Russia’s participation was ceased in 2014 due to circumstances in the Ukraine, reverting to the G7.
G7 Ise-Shima Summit
The G7 Summit is a meeting of the leaders of the G7 countries joined by the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission. Each of the G7 countries takes turns hosting the annual summit. Preparatory meetings take place year-round ahead of the summit, with preparations and proceedings being conducted in order for the actual summit and ministerial meetings to take place. The host country in 2016 is Japan. The G7 Ise-Shima Summit will take place from May 26–27, 2016 on Kashikojima in Shima City, Mie Prefecture.
G7 Ministers’ Meetings
The G7 Ministers’ Meetings take place before and after the G7 Summit. For the Ise-Shima Summit, ministerial meetings will take place from April through September at venues across Japan. The ministerial meetings provide an avenue for ministers (or minister-level officials) of G7 countries to mutually discuss agendas that are specific to their area of responsibility. The host country in any given year decides which ministers meetings will be held that year.
Agenda for Ise-Shima Summit
|G7 Summit||May 26–27||Ise-Shima, Mie Prefecture|
|Foreign Ministers' Meeting||April 10–11||Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture|
|Agriculture Ministers' Meeting||April 23–24||Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture|
|ICT Ministers' Meeting||April 29–30||Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture|
|Energy Ministers' Meeting||May 1–2||Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture|
|Education Ministers' Meeting||May 14–15||Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture|
|Environment Ministers' Meeting||May 15–16||Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture|
|Science and Technology Ministers' Meeting||May 15–17||Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture|
|Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting||May 20–21||Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture|
|Health Ministers’ Meeting||Sept 11–12||Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture|
|Transport Ministers’ Meeting||Sept 24–25||Karuizawa Town, Nagano Prefecture|