Chatham House hosts event on G7 cooperation with Global South

Co-hosted with Japan House, the event brought together Japanese, UK and Global South stakeholders to discuss how the G7 can find ways to improve understanding with developing countries.

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Chatham House co-hosted an event at Japan House London on 18 March, bringing together experts and policymakers to discuss how G7 countries like Japan and the UK can better cooperate to work with Global South countries on issues including technology, climate change and economic development.

As part of the discussion, the event addressed G7 competition with China, outlining how countries like Japan and the UK need to tackle the perception that they are a self-interested club of wealthy allies.  

Speaking at the event were Chietigj Bajpaee, Senior Research Fellow for South Asia, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House; H.E. Nimisha Madhvani, High Commissioner, Uganda High Commission; and Kazuto Suzuki, Professor of Science and Technology Policy, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo.

Ben Bland, Director of the Asia Pacific programme at Chatham House said:

‘Looking through the different statements that come out of the G7 and G77 you see key divisions around political values. In particular you see very big splits between G7 countries and the Global South over the big geopolitical issues of the moment – including Ukraine, the war in Gaza and attitudes to China.

‘This event was a wonderful opportunity to bring together Japanese, UK and Global South stakeholders to discuss how the G7 can find ways to improve understanding with developing countries, grow positive trade relations and move forward on creating a fairer global system. We would like to thank Japan House London very much for co-hosting this important event.’

Watch the event in full on the Japan House Youtube channel.