The mission of the Italian G7 Presidency in 2017 will be “Building the Foundations of Renewed Trust”. Behind this concept stands the notion that governments should first and foremost adopt policies aimed at meeting their citizens’ expectations of overall well-being. In fact, citizens are becoming increasingly skeptical of their governments’ ability to deliver on issues that affect their daily lives, ranging from security to environmental sustainability to economic well-being. Faced with such challenges, the Italian G7 Presidency will rest its program of work on three pillars

The first pillar – “Citizen Safety” – will focus on assuaging the worries of citizens in a time of geopolitical instability, widespread terrorism and uncontrolled immigration. In particular, the Italian Presidency will make sure that the G7 continues to offer a fundamental contribution regarding foreign policy and security issues, with specific reference to crisis situations in sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA region and to the prevention of terrorism. A specific attention will also be given to the phenomenon of human mobility so as to orderly manage the current migrant and refugee flows.

The second pillar – “Economic, Environmental and Social Sustainability and Reduction of Inequalities” – will focus on the application of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, particularly with regard to energy and climate change (leveraging the outcome of the UNFCCC Paris Agreement), food security and nutrition, health, gender issues and education. Furthermore, particular attention will be devoted to inequality – not just in income or wealth, but as regards the gender gap, unfair practices due to race or ethnicity, differences in access to health systems and to education and so on.

The third pillar – “Innovation, Skills and Labour in the Age of the Next Production Revolution” – will be devoted to the deployment of a global, coordinated, intergenerational effort to make innovation the catalyst of worldwide prosperity and inclusive growth. Such an effort shall particularly aim at pursuing an orderly and fair transition towards the Next Production Revolution, via the adoption of pragmatic and long-sighted policies so as to ensure the strongest possible engagement with the stakeholders of innovation. This array of policies – spanning from industrial policies to enabling factors to education and skills and to social policies – aims to increase productivity and competitiveness through Industry 4.0 and new production models; to spread new skills; and to improve welfare systems and labour policy so as to ensure everyone benefits from the digital revolution.

These pillars will create a foundation from which to consider those issues that are key to the G7: foreign policy, global economy and international trade.

Source: G7 Italy

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