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G7 Trade and Environment Senior Officials' Meeting Chairs' Summary

London, UK, September 30, 2021 (published October 21, 2021)

This year G7 Leaders, and Trade, Climate and Environment Ministers recognised that as the global economy begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, our trade policies must align with environment policies to support our environmental objectives if we are to:

It was also recognised that tackling these global issues requires coordinated global action.

In the 2030 Nature Compact, G7 Leaders tasked Trade, Environment and other relevant Ministries to hold an initial, joint official-level meeting to share best practices and consider appropriate domestic actions in taking forward commitments to support Sustainable Supply Chains (SSC) that decouple agricultural production from deforestation and forest degradation, including from illegal land conversion.

On 30 September, G7 Senior Officials met to discuss the ways in which policy makers can work together to develop approaches to address this issue. Officials reflected on:

Other important areas of action highlighted included:

The G7 welcomed presentations from Chatham House and the World Cocoa Foundation on the role of consumer countries in supporting sustainability. Key issues discussed included:

The G7 also discussed the Forest, Agriculture and Commodity Trade (FACT) Dialogue and how together, Trade and Environment Ministries could engage with and support long-term objectives of this dialogue and promote the next steps of this initiative to protect the world's forests and other vital eco systems while promoting sustainable trade and development.

The G7 reflected on this crucial time for action as we move towards the forthcoming UNFCCC COP26 and CBD COP15 recognising that progress on this agenda is a critical contribution towards:

We welcome the continued links between G7 Trade and Environment Ministries and recognise that further work on this agenda is needed to realise the transition to sustainable supply chains.

We look forward to continuing to engage on this critical agenda, including with other producer and consumer countries, such as through the FACT Dialogue and other multilateral fora, respecting and complementing existing processes.

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Source: United Kingdom Department for International Trade

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