In June 2021, South Korea participated for the first time in the G7 meeting as an observer alongside Australia and South Africa, with India present virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Collectively the G7 along with its D11 partners agreed a shared statement on the value and role of open societies, affirming commitments to multilateralism and working collaboratively to tackle global challenges.
Separately, the G7 countries also agreed a shared agenda for global action, including vaccine production and distribution, climate change, and strengthening partnerships to help countries build back better.
The speaker shares her assessment on the outcomes from the G7 and the likely implications for South Korea. She considers what South Korea’s inclusion at the summit reveals about the UK’s foreign policy aims as part its ‘Global Britain’ strategy, and what benefits have emerged from the D11 both for the ROK and the wider international community.
The speaker’s opening remarks are on the record; the Q&A is under the Chatham House Rule.
This event forms part of the Korea Foundation Korea Fellowship, funded by the Korea Foundation and Yeosijae.
Kang Kyung-wha, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea (2017-21)
Chair: John Nilsson-Wright, Korea Foundation Korea Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House