Liverpool will host a high-level summit of foreign and development ministers from major international nations next month.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will host counterparts from the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan and the European Union at the G7 meeting in Liverpool from Friday 10 December to Sunday 12 December.
The summit will be the final event of the UK’s G7 presidency. Liverpool Museum It will be the main site for conversations.
In addition to the G7 countries, the event will also include delegates from India, South Korea, South Africa and Australia, as well as – for the first time at the G7 foreign ministers meeting – a number of Southeast Asian countries.
The government said Liverpool had been chosen to host the high-profile talks because of its “history as a famous port city with a global outlook, strong ties around the world, and a thriving cultural, musical and sporting heritage”.
The Foreign and Development Ministers meeting in Liverpool will discuss a range of global issues, including post-Covid economic resilience, global health and human rights.
Secretary of State Liz Truss said: “The G7 Foreign and Development Ministers meeting in Liverpool next month is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the city to the world, highlighting the best of British culture, commerce and creativity.
“I will be hosting our friends and partners to discuss how we can build and deliver closer global economic, technological and security relationships to the British people. I want us to build a global network of freedom that advances freedom, democracy and enterprise and encourages like-minded nations to work together from a position of strength.”
Responding to last week’s terrorist attack in Liverpool, Ms Truss added: “I am deeply saddened by the horrific attack in Liverpool this month, but the resolve of the people of this great city will never waver in the face of such atrocities.”
Liverpool Mayor Joan Anderson said: “Liverpool is proud to have been chosen to host this global event on behalf of the UK government.
“We are a suitable choice due to our cultural significance, musical significance and sporting grandeur that attract visitors from all over the world, as well as our scientific and architectural innovations.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase our amazing city to the G7 leaders – as well as the international media – who will be here to report on the event. We will promote Liverpool’s global heritage, outlook and international connections, and show how wonderfully British and cosmopolitan this city is.
“We are also a city that looks to the future with the recently launched Pandemic Global Institute, focus on life sciences at Paddington Village and plan to further improve our cultural offering by attracting new and innovative musicians to the waterfront.”
Steve Rotheram, Mayor of Liverpool City District, said: “Liverpool is often described as ‘the world in one city’, so I can’t think of a more suitable city to host the G7 Ministerial Meeting on Foreign Affairs and Development. We are an outside and welcoming region – and a nation – known around the world. As a global leader in sports, culture, music, heritage and more.
“Where we were once leaders of the first industrial revolution, we pioneered the fourth industrial revolution, leading the world in digital and green innovation. From the recently launched Pandemic Institute to revolutionary projects like HyNet and our Mersey Tidal Power scheme, there is no place that embodies better. The best of our country’s past and an exciting vision for the future.
“The eyes of the world will be on the Liverpool city area during this summit, and we have a great story to tell. While they are here, I am sure that the foreign and development ministers and the world press – like many of the tourists we attract every year – will not be afraid to spend a few pounds on the local economy.” .
With such a high-profile event arriving in Liverpool shortly after the horrific bomb struck outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital, police said a “robust” security plan would be put in place.
Rob Carden, the Merseyside Police Assistant Chief of Police, the Gold Leader responsible for monitoring the event, said: Merseyside Police is committed to ensuring the safety of G7 delegates and residents of Merseyside
“A robust policing plan was put in place to ensure delegates enjoyed the conference and the city during their visit.
“The force will continue to provide an effective and professional police service across Merseyside during the conference.”
The G7 foreign ministers will closely experience some of Liverpool’s world-class cultural sites during their visit.
The cost of the event will be covered by the government and not by the local council taxpayer.
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