COVID ‘Roots’, Protests, Beach BBQ in Preparation for Day 2 – –

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COVID ‘Roots’, Protests, Beach BBQ in Preparation for Day 2 – –


FALMOUTH, England – Returning from their dinner with the Queen, President Joe Biden and other leaders from some of the richest countries in the world returned to work on Saturday with a focus on the economy, foreign policy and the COVID-19 pandemic. Saturday is day two of the Group of Seven summit in Cornwall, England. The rally is the first face-to-face meeting of leaders since the onset of the coronavirus crisis, and much of the discussion has focused on what British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called “the most miserable pandemic the world has seen. for at least our lifetime ”.
Leaders should commit to using all their resources to prevent a recurrence of a global pandemic.

Here’s what’s on the schedule for Saturday:

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“Roots” of the pandemic

A health policy session will focus on tackling the root causes of the COVID-19 pandemic globally. G-7 leaders will be joined in this discussion by their counterparts from South Korea, South Africa, Australia and India, the Secretary-General of the United Nations and other leaders of international organizations. Leaders are expected to issue a statement setting out a series of concrete commitments to prevent any repeat of the human and economic devastation caused by the coronavirus.

They will also receive a presentation from Sir Patrick Vallance, a British doctor and scientist, and Melinda Gates, an American philanthropist, on the work of the Pandemic Preparedness Partnership.

The partnership includes international experts from industry, government and scientific institutions and was established earlier this year by the UK to advise the G-7 on how to prevent and respond to future pandemics. One of its goals will be to be able to develop vaccines in less than 100 days. The partnership is expected to publish its report on Saturday.

Other summit sessions will focus on economic resilience and foreign policy.

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China and the West

The White House says it is not trying to make China the “prime problem” while Biden is in Europe. But Beijing’s model of economic development, its human rights record in Xinjiang and its lack of transparency on a range of issues ranging from the environment to labor standards will dominate discussions on Saturday. G-7 leaders will announce a new global infrastructure initiative called “Building Back Better for the World”. It is conceived as an alternative to China’s “Belt and Road Initiative”, a massive, multibillion-dollar development project that spans dozens of countries and whose overall idea is to update and reinvent the ancient Silk Road that linked China to Europe and beyond. China has helped finance, often through predatory loans, international railways, highways, ports and other major infrastructure as part of its initiative.

“It is about providing an affirmative, positive and alternative worldview to that presented by China,” the White House said of its plan.

On Monday, Biden will travel to Brussels for a NATO military alliance meeting and for the first time, NATO countries will directly address China’s security challenge in a statement, according to the White House.

Weapons in the world, and each other

Biden put his arm around French President Emmanuel Macron as they had a friendly chat on the sidelines of Friday’s summit. And Macron returned the favor, reflecting what appears to be a warm and friendly relationship between the leaders.

On Saturday, Biden and Macron will be given a more formal opportunity to rekindle their apparent flourishing bromance as they meet for a bilateral meeting.

Among the topics likely to be discussed: counterterrorism in Africa and the ongoing negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom on Brexit – in particular, how to break a deadlock on what to do with the post-Brexit border between Ireland (part of the EU) and Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom). The lack of a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland helped facilitate the Good Friday peace deal in Northern Ireland.

Events on land and at sea

Protesters aiming to disrupt the three-day summit came out in force. Hundreds of protesters blocked roads and marched through the streets on Friday as climate activist group Extinction Rebellion mounted a protest against what it called G-7 countries’ failure to meet global climate commitments taken in Paris in 2015. On Saturday, the demonstrators headed for the sea, among other protest actions.

An environmental group called Surfers Against Sewage held a protest off Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth. Surfers grabbed surfboards, kayaks, snorkels and other gear and took to the water to call attention to threats to the oceans and climate. The group hopes that more than 1,000 surfers will participate in the event.

Extinction Rebellion is organizing a football match between fans and environmentalists. But the match, which takes place on Saturday the day after the kick-off of UEFA Euro football across Europe, has a twist: the referee is a banker.

“The games are rigged to illustrate how greed and corporate finance are a corrupting influence not only in (football) but, more importantly, in climate policy,” a statement released by organizers of the event said. ‘event.

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Beach barbecue

How do you follow dinner with the queen?

With a beach barbecue, nothing less.

On Friday evening, G-7 leaders and their families dined with Queen Elizabeth II and other royals on spicy melon, bone-roasted turbot and English strawberry pavlova. Dinner tonight promises to be less formal. Carrie Johnson, wife of Boris Johnson, hosts a barbecue on Carbis Bay beach for leaders and their families. The dinner menu will include scallops, Curgurrell crab claws and Portscatho mackerel, followed by sirloin and Newlyn lobster. Next, VIPs will be treated to baked brie, hot buttered rum, and toasted marshmallows around fire pits on the sand. And to drink (it is, after all, the Queen’s official birthday): Cornish sparkling wine, German Riesling, Australian shiraz, Cornish beer and a sparkling hedge cocktail.

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