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For the first time since the pandemic halted personal events, leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States have gathered for three days of talks in a British seaside town to try to address some of the most pressing issues. the world.
Stopping the coronavirus pandemic will be the first and foremost step in the negotiations. But summits like the G7 also provide a window to the dynamics between world leaders beyond their statements and press conferences.
Take, for example, the unforgettable images of former President Donald Trump shaking and pushing the Montenegrin prime minister in an obvious attempt to get to the photo.
Here’s a look at some of the moments you may have missed on Day 1.
The most important meal of the day
“Multilateralism is back @ G7,” Charles Michel, President of the European Council, tweeted, along with a photo of several leaders coming together for what looked like breakfast before the day’s talks. French President Emmanuel Macron also shared a photo of the gathering via Twitter.
“The EU wants to make sure the world is vaccinated as soon as possible. Only together can we do this by upholding our values,” Michelle wrote, including the hashtag BuildBackBetter, a phrase used by G7 hosts Prime Minister Boris Johnson. it is also accepted that Biden campaigned to describe his “rescue, recovery and recovery” program after the pandemic.
On Thursday, Biden announced that the United States would donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to nearly 100 countries struggling to afford it. G-7 leaders are expected to announce a commitment on day 1 of the talks to share 1 billion of their resources for COVID-19 vaccines with lower-income countries.
Handshake, greeting for elbows
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At the start of Friday’s summit, world leaders and their husbands climbed quay one by one to take pictures with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie.
Exaggerated elbow strikes as a safety measure have replaced traditional handshakes between leaders.
“Everyone in the water,” Biden urged the photographer.
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As usual, the leaders gathered for an official photo before the talks began.
Harry and Megan’s newborn is mentioned
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On Friday, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and First Lady Jill Biden toured a classroom at the Connor Downs Academy and held a roundtable discussion on early childhood education.
This in itself provided an awkward moment.
Reporters traveling with Biden asked Middleton if he had any wishes for his new niece, Lilibet Diana, the newborn daughter of Prince Harry and Megan Markle, who had retired from the British royal family in a very public way.
The baby is named after the late mother of the Duke, Princess Diana of Wales and Queen Elizabeth. The name has sparked some controversy over whether the queen has given her blessing for the use of her childhood nickname.
“I wish her all the best. I can’t wait to meet her,” Middleton said. “We haven’t met her yet. I hope this happens soon.”
She was asked if she had FaceTimed with her new niece. “No, I’m not,” she said.
“Together we build better … greener and fairer and more equal, more gender neutral, maybe more feminine.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson begins his “chat by the fire” with colleagues from G7 leaders https://t.co/OfzwQgtI4G pic.twitter.com/TtSzcmbLUP
– BBC Policy (@BBCPolitics) June 11, 2021
Johnson sees a more “feminine” world after COVID
The cameras were admitted briefly when the leaders began their official meeting. Johnson made some introductory remarks, noting how refreshing it is to work with people in person.
He nodded to the topic of climate change, saying: “We are united in our vision of a cleaner, greener world, a solution to climate change.”
As Frank Langfit of NPR reports, any specific action announced during the climate change talks could boost the UN Climate Change Conference this autumn. Johnson is also hosting this meeting in Glasgow.
But it focuses on COVID-19. “We need to make sure we learn the lessons of the pandemic,” he said.
“We build together better, and more environmentally, and more equitably, and more equally, and more gender-neutral, and perhaps more feminine. How about that?” Johnson said.