Science academies call for urgent action ahead of G7 summit

8 June 2022 | Muriel Cozier

‘The G7 Summit must provide leadership on climate action, the energy transition, global pandemic preparedness and One Health.’

The science academies of the G7 States are calling for urgent international action on climate protection, energy transition, and pandemic preparedness. The call comes ahead of the G7 Summit, which will take place in Schloss Elmau, Germany, 26–28 June.

Highlighting pandemic preparedness, the G7 science academies stressed the need for long-term support for the development of ‘specific and broad-spectrum’ antiviral drugs, along with an international coordination body for clinical studies and improved coordination in the field of pandemic preparedness.

Also in the area of health, the G7 science academies set out the case for a ‘One Health’ approach to combat the complex problems of disruption to ecosystems, which contributes to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the emergence of zoonotic diseases – conditions that are transmitted from animals to humans.

The One Health approach considers the interdependency of human, animal, plant and wider environmental health. There is also a call for the use of digital technologies for the ‘effective surveillance of zoonoses and AMR’.

SCI News - 8 June 2022 - image of venn diagram with environmental health, animal health and human health overlapping. Gene health in the middle.

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In the areas of decarbonisation and climate, the G7 science academies are calling for the introduction of an international trading system for renewable energy and a global carbon dioxide pricing mechanism, the aim being to facilitate the transition to a carbon neutral energy system. The G7 academies hope that this will help to reverse the impact of climate change on oceans, and are calling for a ‘substantive reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, global protection of marine ecosystems as well as enhanced international scientific cooperation and data sharing for an Earth observation and forecasting system based on high performance computing.’

The joint recommendations were developed by the G7 science academies under the leadership of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Commenting, Dr Gerald Haug, President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina said: ‘The G7 Summit must provide leadership on climate action, the energy transition, global pandemic preparedness and One Health. Our recommendations show the need and make the case for urgent international action.’

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