Charlevoix G7 Summit

Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!

PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!

Au , le Président Trump a vu qu'il avait face à lui un front uni. Se retrouver isolé dans un concert des nations est contraire à l'histoire américaine.



Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release                              June 9, 2018





Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu

Charlevoix, Canada


10:13 A.M. EDT


     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much.  I appreciate it.  We're getting ready to make a big trip.  We're just leaving, but we wanted to have a little bit of a conference just to announce what's happened, how we've done.  And I think it's been very, very successful.  We've concluded a really tremendously successful G7 and would like to provide you with an update. 


And you know the gentlemen up are the legendary Larry Kudlow and the legendary John Bolton.  And we had a good meeting, both on defense and environment and, frankly, on tariffs, which are what we're here for.


     First, I'd like to thank Prime Minister Trudeau for hosting this summit.  It has worked out to be so wonderful.  The people of Canada are wonderful, and it's a great country, and a very beautiful country, I might add.


     We tackled a variety of issues and opportunities facing our nations.  At the top of the list was the issue of trade -- a very important subject -- because the United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades, and we can't do that anymore.


     We had extremely productive discussions on the need to have fair and reciprocal -- meaning, the same.  People can't charge us 270 percent and we charge them nothing.  That doesn’t work anymore. 


I made a lot of statements having to do with clarity.  We want and expect other nations to provide fair market access to American exports, and that we will take whatever steps are necessary to protect American industry and workers from unfair foreign trading practices, of which, really, there are many.  But we're getting them straightened out, slowly but surely.


     We also discussed the issue of uncontrolled migration and the threat that it poses to both national security and other groups and countries, and our citizens and quality of life.  We're committed to addressing the migration challenge by helping migrants to remain and prosper in their own home countries.  A wide array of national security threats were addressed, including the threat of Iran.  The G7 nations remain committed to controlling Iran's nuclear ambitions -- with or without them, those ambitions are going to be controlled -- along with efforts to combat terrorism and extremism and those who spread this deadly ideology.


     The nations of the G7 are bound together by shared values and beliefs.  That came out loud and clear.  Each of our nations is totally unique with our people and our own sovereign obligations.  But we can coordinate together and achieve a common good -- a good for all -- good for all of our people, all of our nations. 


We're linked in the great effort to create a more just, peaceful, and prosperous world.  And from the standpoint of trade and jobs and being fair to companies, we are really, I think, committed.  I think they are starting to be committed to a much more fair trade situation for the United States, because it has been treated very, very unfairly.


     And I don’t blame other leaders for that.  I blame our past leaders.  There was no reason that this should have happened.  Last year, they lost eight-hundred -- we as a nation, over the years -- but the latest number is $817 billion on trade.  That's ridiculous and it's unacceptable.  And everybody was told that. 


     So I don’t blame them; I blame our leaders.  In fact, I congratulate the leaders of other countries for so crazily being able to make these trade deals that were so good for their country and so bad for the United States.  But those days are over.


     In just a few minutes, I'll be leaving for Singapore.  I'll be on a mission of peace, and we will carry in, really -- in my heart, we're going to be carrying the hearts of millions of people, people from all over the world.  We have to get denuclearization.  We have to get something going.  We really think that North Korea will be a tremendous place in a very short period of time.  And we appreciate everything that's going on.  We appreciate the working together with North Korea.  They're really working very well with us.  


     So I say -- so far, so good.  We're going to have to see what happens.  And we're going to know very soon.       


     So I'll be leaving -- as soon as we're finished with this conference, I'll be leaving.  And I very much look forward to it.  I think it's very important for North Korea and South Korea and Japan, and the world, and the United States.  It's a great thing.  And we'll see what happens.


     Okay.  Any questions?  Yes, yes.


     Q    Mr. President, you are about to embark on what may be the most important meeting you've ever had in your life.  What's in your gut?  Steel nerves or butterflies?  Can you describe how you feel?


     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, there's always everything.  It's really -- you know, this has probably rarely been done.  It's unknown territory, in the truest sense.  But I really feel confident.  I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people, and he has that opportunity.  And he won't have that opportunity again.  It's never going to be there again.


     So I really believe that he's going to do something very positive for his people, for himself, his family.  He's got an opportunity, the likes of which I think almost -- if you look into history -- very few people have ever had.  He can take that nation, with those great people, and truly make it great.  So it's a one-time -- it's a one-time shot.  And I think it's going to work out very well. 


     That's why I feel positive, because it makes so much sense.  And we will watch over, and we'll protect, and we'll do a lot of things.  I can say that South Korea, Japan, China, many countries want to see it happen.  And they'll help.  They'll all help.  So there's a great -- there's really -- this is a great time.  This has not happened in all of the years that they've been separated by a very artificial boundary.  This is a great opportunity for peace, and lasting peace, and prosperity.


     Yes, ma'am.


     Q    Mr. President, did you raise bringing Russia back into the G7 during your meetings?  And when have you last spoken to Vladimir Putin?  Do you expect to meet him in Vienna this summer?


     THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah, I have not spoken to Vladimir Putin in quite a while.  It has been discussed.  We didn’t do votes or anything, but it has been discussed.  Some people like the idea of bringing Russia back in.  This used to be the G8, not the G7.  And something happened a while ago, where Russia is no longer in.  I think it would be an asset to have Russia back in.  I think it would be good for the world.  I think it would be good for Russia.  I think it would be good for the United States.  I think it would be good for all of the countries of the current G7.


     I think the G8 would be better.  I think having Russia back in would be a positive thing.  We're looking for peace in the world.  We're not looking to play games.


     Okay.  Question?  Yes.


     Q    Mr. President, you said that this was a positive meeting, but from the outside, it seemed quite contentious.  Did you get any indication from your interlocutors that they were going to make any concessions to you?  And I believe that you raised the idea of a tariff-free G7.  Is that --   


     THE PRESIDENT:  I did.  Oh, I did.  That's the way it should be.  No tariffs, no barriers.  That's the way it should be.


     Q    How did it go down? 


     THE PRESIDENT:  And no subsidies.  I even said no tariffs.  In other words, let's say Canada -- where we have tremendous tariffs -- the United States pays tremendous tariffs on dairy.  As an example, 270 percent.  Nobody knows that.  We pay nothing.  We don’t want to pay anything.  Why should we pay?


     We have to -- ultimately, that's what you want.  You want a tariff-free, you want no barriers, and you want no subsidies, because you have some cases where countries are subsidizing industries, and that's not fair.  So you go tariff-free, you go barrier-free, you go subsidy-free.  That's the way you learned at the Wharton School of Finance.  I mean, that would be the ultimate thing.  Now, whether or not that works -- but I did suggest it, and people were -- I guess, they got to go back to the drawing and check it out, right?


     But we can't have -- an example -- where we're paying -- the United States is paying 270 percent.  Just can't have it.  And when they send things into us, you don’t have that.  I will say, it was not contentious.  What was strong was the language that this cannot go on.  But the relationships are very good, whether it be President Macron or with Justin.  We had -- Justin did a really good job.  I think the relationships were outstanding.


     But because of the fact that the United States leaders of the past didn’t do a good job on trade -- and again, I'm not blaming countries; I'm blaming our people that represented our past.  It's got to change.  It's going to change.  I mean, it's not a question of "I hope it changes."  It's going to change, a hundred percent.  And tariffs are going to come way down, because people cannot continue to do that.  We're like the piggybank that everybody is robbing.  And that ends. 


     In fact, Larry Kudlow is a great expert on this, and he's a total free trader.  But even Larry has seen the ravages of what they've done with their tariffs.  Would you like to say something, Larry, very quickly?  It might be interesting.


     MR. KUDLOW:  One interesting point, in terms of the G7 group meeting -- I don’t know if they were surprised with  President Trump's free-trade proclamation, but they certainly listened to it and we had lengthy discussions about that.  As the President said, reduce these barriers.  In fact, go to zero.  Zero tariffs.  Zero non-tariff barriers.  Zero subsidies.

And along the way, we're going to have to clean up the international trading system about which there was virtual consensus of agreement on that.  And that will be a target.  And these are the best ways to promote economic growth, and we'll all be better at it, and we'll all be stronger at it.


     So, I myself was particularly gratified to hear my President talk about free trade.  Thank you, sir.


     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  


     And it's very unfair to our farmers.  Our farmers are, essentially -- whether it's through a barrier, non-monetary barrier, or whether it's through very high tariffs that make it impossible -- and this is all over the world.  This isn’t just G7.  I mean, we have India, where some of the tariffs are 100 percent.  A hundred percent.  And we charge nothing.  We can't do that.  And so we are talking to many countries.  We're talking to all countries.  And it's going to stop.  Or we'll stop trading with them.  And that's a very profitable answer, if we have to do it.


     Yes, sir.


     Q    Thank you, Mr. President.  Another question on trade.  You just said that you think that the tariffs are actually going to come down, but it does appear that these various countries are moving forward with retaliatory tariffs on the U.S.  Did you get any concessions or any agreements with any of these countries not to move forward with those tariffs?  And are you willing to not move forward with --  


     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, if they retaliate, they're making a mistake.  Because, you see, we have a tremendous trade imbalance.  So when we try and bring our piece up a little bit so that it's not so bad, and then they go up -- right -- the difference is they do so much more business with us than we do with them that we can't lose that.  You understand.  We can't lose it.


     And as an example, with one country we have $375 billion in trade deficits.  We can't lose.  You could make the case that they lost years ago.  But when you're down $375 billion, you can’t lose.  And we have to bring them up. 


     So there's very bad spirit.  When we have a big trade imbalance and we want to bring it up to balance -- just balance -- and they keep raising it so that you never catch, that's not a good thing to do.  And we have very, very strong measures that take care of that, because we do so much.  The numbers are so astronomically against them in terms of anything, as per your question.  We win that war a thousand times out of a thousand.


     Yes.  Yes, sir.


     Q    Are you close to a deal on NAFTA?  Your Press Secretary said (inaudible).  


     THE PRESIDENT:  So two things can happen on NAFTA.  We'll either leave it the way it is, as a threesome deal with Canada and with the United States and Mexico, and change it very substantially -- we're talking about very big changes.  Or we're going to make a deal directly with Canada and directly with Mexico.  Both of those things could happen.


     If a deal isn’t made, that would be a very bad thing for Canada and it would be a very bad thing for Mexico.  For the United States, frankly, it would be a good thing.  But I'm not looking to do that.  I'm not looking to play that game.


     So we're either going to have NAFTA in a better negotiated form, or we're going to have two deals.


     Q    And does it have to have a sunset clause in it?


     THE PRESIDENT:  It will have a sunset.  You have the two sunsets.  I mean, you have an ISDS provision and a sunset provision.  They've been very heavily negotiated.  You have two sunsets, two concepts of sunset.  We're pretty close on the sunset provision.  Okay?


     Q    Like five years or --


     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, we have one that's five years; you know it very well.  You've studied this very well.  Congratulations.  That's right.  You have one group that likes to have five years, and then a renegotiation at the end of five years.  And you have another group that wants longer because of the investments.  But we're pretty close.


     Yes, sir.


     Q    Mr. President, David Herszenhorn with Politico Europe.  Just to come back to Russia for a second.  Something that happened that got them kicked out of the G8 was the invasion and annexation of Crimea.  Do you think that Crimea should be recognized as Russian (inaudible)?


     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, you know, you have to ask President Obama, because he was the one that let Crimea get away.  That was during his administration.  And he was the one that let Russia go and spend a lot of money on Crimea, because they've spent a lot of money on rebuilding it.  I guess they have their submarine port there and such.  But Crimea was let go during the Obama administration.  And, you know, Obama can say all he wants, but he allowed Russia to take Crimea.  I may have had a much different attitude.  So you'd really have to ask that question to President Obama -- you know, why did he do that; why did he do that.  But with that being said, it's been done a long time.


     Q    But you would allow Russia back into the G8 with Crimea still (inaudible)?


     THE PRESIDENT:  I would rather see Russia in the G8 as opposed to the G7.  I would say that the G8 is a more meaningful group than the G7, absolutely.


     Yes.  Yes, ma'am.


     Q    How persuasive did you find the Europeans and Canadians when they made the case to you that you shouldn’t use national security as a justification for tariffs? 


     THE PRESIDENT:  They virtually didn’t even make that case.  I mean, my case is the fact that it is national security; it's our balance sheet; it's our strength.  It's absolutely national security.  And, you know, if you look at our -- just take a look at our balance sheet.  We're going to have a very strong balance sheet very soon because of what we're doing. 


We have the strongest economy that we've ever had in the United States -- in the history of the United States.  We have the best unemployment numbers.  Black unemployment, the lowest in history.  Hispanic unemployment, the lowest in history.  I don’t mean the lowest in the last 10 years or 20 years.  The lowest in the history of this country.  Black unemployment is doing the best it's ever done.  Hispanic doing the best.  Women are now up to 21 years.  Soon it's going to be the best ever in its history -- in the country's history.


     We have to have deals that are fair, and we have to have deals that are economic.  Otherwise, that does, in fact, affect our military.  Okay?


     Q    How do you make that case for autos?  


     THE PRESIDENT:  Oh, it's very easy.  It's economic.  It's the balance sheet.  To have a great military, you need a great balance sheet. 


     Yes, sir.  Go ahead.  


     Q    As you were heading into these G7 talks, there was a sense that America's closest allies were frustrated with you and angry with you, and that you were angry with them and that you were leaving here early to go meet for more friendlier talks with Kim Jong Un in Singapore.  And I'm wondering if you -- 


     THE PRESIDENT:  It's well put, I think.  


     Q    -- if you view it the same way.  And do you view the U.S. alliance system shifting under your presidency, away -- 


     THE PRESIDENT:  Who are you with, out of curiosity?  


     Q    CNN.  


     THE PRESIDENT:  I figured.  Fake News CNN.  The worst.  But I could tell by the question.  I had no idea you were CNN.  After the question, I was just curious as to who you were with.  You were CNN. 


     I would say that the level of relationship is a 10.  We have a great relationship.  Angela and Emmanuel and Justin.  I would say the relationship is a 10.  And I don't blame them.  I blame -- as I said, I blame our past leaders for allowing this to happen.  There was no reason this should happen.  There's no reason that we should have big trade deficits with virtually every country in the world.  I'm going long beyond the G7.  There's no reason for this.  It's the fault of the people that preceded me.  And I'm not just saying President Obama.  I'm going back a long way.  You can go back 50 years, frankly.  It just got worse and worse and worse. 


     You know, we used to be a nation that was unbelievably cash-flow-oriented.  Had no debt of any consequence, and that built the highway system.  We built the interstate system out of -- virtually out of cash flow.  And it was a lot different.  


     No, we have a very good relationship, and I don't blame these people, but I will blame them if they don't act smart and do what they have to do -- because they have no choice.  I'll be honest with you, they have no choice. 


     They're either going to make the trades fair, because our farmers have been hurt.  You look at our farmers.  For 15 years, the graph is going just like this -- down.  Our farmers have been hurt, our workers have been hurt.  Our companies have moved out and moved to Mexico and other countries, including Canada.  


     Now, we are going to fix that situation.  And if it's not fixed, we're not going to deal with these countries.  But the relationship that I've had is great.  So you can tell that to your fake friends at CNN. 


     The relationship that I've had with the people, the leaders of these countries, has been -- I would really, rate it on a scale of 0 to 10, I would rate it a 10.  That doesn't mean I agree with what they're doing.  And they know very well that I don't.  So we're negotiating very hard, tariffs and barriers.  


     As an example, the European Union is brutal to the United States.  They don't -- and they understand that.  They know it.  When I'm telling them, they're smiling at me.  You know, it's like the gig is up.  It's like the gig is up.  They're not trying to -- there's nothing they can say.  They can't believe they got away with it.  Canada can't believe it got away with it.  Mexico -- we have $100 billion trade deficit with Mexico and that doesn’t include all the drugs that are pouring in because we have no wall.  But we are.  We started building the wall, as you know.  $1.6 billion -- and we're going to keep that going. 


     But a lot of these countries actually smile at me when I'm talking.  And the smile is -- we couldn't believe we got away with it.  That's the smile.  So it's going to change.  It's going to change.  They have no choice.  If it's not going to change, we're not going to trade with them. 


     Okay, how about a couple of more?  Go ahead in the back. 


     Q    Thanks, Mr. President.  Eliana Johnson with Politico. 


     THE PRESIDENT:  Yes.  Hi.  


     Q    Going into these talks with Kim Jong Un, do you have a clear objective of what you want to get out of them? 


     THE PRESIDENT:  I have a clear objective.  But I have to say, Eliana, that it's going to be something that will always be spur of the moment.  You don't know.  You know, this has not been done before at this level.  This is a leader who really is an unknown personality.  People don't know much about him.  I think that he's going to surprise, on the upside, very much on the upside.  We'll see.  But never been done.  Never been tested.  Many people -- world leaders -- I'm talking about world leaders that have been right next to him have never met him.  


     So we're going in with a very positive spirit.  I think very well prepared.  I think -- and, by the way, we have worked very well with their people.  They have many people right now in Shanghai; our people have been -- in Singapore.  Our people have been working very, very well with the representatives of North Korea. 


     So we're going in with a very positive attitude, and I think we're going to come out fine.  But I've said it many times: Who knows?  Who knows?  May not.  May not work out.  It's a good chance it won't work out.  There's probably an even better chance that it will take a period of time.  It will be a process.  


     Q    Is there a particular outcome that you would look for from this initial talk to judge whether you think things are going well? 


     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I think the minimum would be relationship.  You'd start at least a dialogue.  Because, you know, as a deal person, I've done very well with deals.  What you want to do is start that.  Now, I'd like to accomplish more than that.  But at a minimum, I do believe, at least we'll have met each other.  We will have seen each other.  Hopefully we will have liked each other and we'll start that process. 


     So I would say that would be the minimal.  And the maximum, I think you know the answer to that.  But I think that will take a little bit of time.


     Okay?  Yeah.  


     Q    How long do you think that it will take you to figure out whether he's serious about (inaudible)?


     THE PRESIDENT:  That's a good question.  How long will it take?  I think within the first minute I'll know. 


     Q    How?  


     THE PRESIDENT:  Just my touch, my feel.  That's what I do.  How long will it take to figure out whether or not they're serious?  I said maybe in the first minute.  You know, the way -- they say that you know if you're going to like somebody in the first five seconds.  You ever hear that one?  Well, I think that very quickly I'll know whether or not something good is going to happen. 


     I also think I'll know whether or not it will happen fast.  It may not.  But I think I'll know pretty quickly whether or not, in my opinion, something positive will happen.  And if I think it won't happen, I'm not going to waste my time.  I don't want to waste his time.  


Yes, ma'am.  


     Q    Are you concerned about all that just like giving Kim the meeting, that he's getting a win as a (inaudible)?


     THE PRESIDENT:  No, no, no, no.  That's only -- only the fake news says that.  You know, this -- look, we just three hostages back.  We paid nothing.  They came back.  They're happily in ensconced in their homes with their families.  They're the happiest people in the world right now.  


     We have gotten -- you know, we haven't done anything.  Everyone said -- you know, the haters, they say, "Oh, you're giving him a meeting."  Give me a break, okay?  There's nothing.  I think if I didn't do this, it would be -- and it's never been done before, you know.  It's never been done before.  And obviously, what has been done before hasn't worked. 


And this is something -- I can't stress this strong enough.  You know, I talked about tariffs that previous people -- and I'm not looking to criticize people that were preceding me -- but on tariffs, it should have never happened.  


     Well, the same thing on North Korea.  We shouldn't be in this position.  We shouldn't be in this position on tariffs.  We were hundreds of billions of dollars down to other countries that, frankly, were never even negotiated with.  They never even got spoken to.  


     I asked a top person in China, how did it get so bad?  He looked at me, he said, "Nobody ever talked to us."  They were missing in action, our leaders. 


     Well, a very similar thing, if you think about it, took place with North Korea.  This should not be done now.  This should have been done 5 years ago, and 10 years ago, and 25 years ago.  It shouldn't be done now. 


     Q    Have you spoken to Kim at all in the last --   


     THE PRESIDENT:  I can't comment on that.  


     Okay, one more question.  


     Q    A follow-up on North Korea.  Will you raise of the gulags with Kim Jong Un and --  


     THE PRESIDENT:  We're going to raise every issue.  


     Q    -- and the (inaudible) and kidnappings?


     THE PRESIDENT:  Every issue is going to be raised.  


     Q    Mr. President, we're sitting here, and kind of you've attacked the U.S. press back home, but you've also done it on foreign soil.  I guess I want -- I'd like to ask you why you do that.  Do you think --


     THE PRESIDENT:  Because the U.S. press is very dishonest, much of it.  Not all of it.  Oh, I have some folks in your profession that are with the U.S., in the U.S. -- citizens, proud citizens; they're reporters.  These are some of the most outstanding people I know.  But there are many people in the press that are unbelievably dishonest.  They don't cover stories the way they're supposed to be.  They don't even report them, in many cases, if they're positive. 


     So there's tremendous -- you know, I came up with the term, "fake news."  It's a lot of fake news.  But at the same time, I have great respect for many people in the press.


     Thank you all very much.  I appreciate it.  Thank you.  Thank you.  


                             END                10:39 A.M. EDT


  1. We, the Leaders of the G7, have come together in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada on June 8–9, 2018, guided by our shared values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and our commitment to promote a rules-based international order. As advanced economies and leading democracies, we share a fundamental commitment to investing in our citizens and meeting their needs and to responding to global challenges. We collectively affirm our strong determination to achieve a clean environment, clean air and clean water. We are resolved to work together in creating a healthy, prosperous, sustainable and fair future for all.

Investing in Growth that Works for Everyone

  1. We share the responsibility of working together to stimulate sustainable economic growth that benefits everyone and, in particular, those most at risk of being left behind. We welcome the contribution of technological change and global integration to global economic recovery and increased job creation. The global economic outlook continues to improve, but too few citizens have benefited from that economic growth. While resilience against risk has improved among emerging market economies, recent market movements remind us of potential vulnerabilities. We will continue monitoring market developments and using all policy tools to support strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth that generates widespread prosperity. We reaffirm our existing exchange rate commitments. We commit to promoting smart, sustainable and high-quality investments, such as in infrastructure, to boost growth and productivity and create quality jobs. Economic growth is fundamental to raising living standards. We also recognize that economic output alone is insufficient for measuring success and acknowledge the importance of monitoring other societal and economic indicators that measure prosperity and well-being. We are committed to removing the barriers that keep our citizens, including women and marginalized individuals, from participating fully in the global economy. We endorse the Charlevoix Commitment on Equality and Economic Growth, which reinforces our commitment to eradicate poverty, advance gender equality, foster income equality, ensure better access to financial resources and create decent work and quality of life for all.
  2. In order to ensure that everyone pays their fair share, we will exchange approaches and support international efforts to deliver fair, progressive, effective and efficient tax systems. We will continue to fight tax evasion and avoidance by promoting the global implementation of international standards and addressing base erosion and profit shifting. The impacts of the digitalization of the economy on the international tax system remain key outstanding issues. We welcome the OECD interim report analyzing the impact of digitalization of the economy on the international tax system. We are committed to work together to seek a consensus-based solution by 2020.
  3. We acknowledge that free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment, while creating reciprocal benefits, are key engines for growth and job creation. We recommit to the conclusions on trade of the Hamburg G20 Summit, in particular, we underline the crucial role of a rules-based international trading system and continue to fight protectionism. We note the importance of bilateral, regional and plurilateral agreements being open, transparent, inclusive and WTO-consistent, and commit to working to ensure they complement the multilateral trade agreements. We commit to modernize the WTO to make it more fair as soon as possible. We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies.
  4. We will work together to enforce existing international rules and develop new rules where needed to foster a truly level playing field, addressing in particular non-market oriented policies and practices, and inadequate protection of intellectual property rights, such as forced technology transfer or cyber-enabled theft. We call for the start of negotiations – this year – to develop stronger international rules on market-distorting industrial subsidies and trade-distorting actions by state-owned enterprises. We also call on all members of the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity to fully and promptly implement its recommendations. We stress the urgent need to avoid excess capacity in other sectors such as aluminum and high technology. We call on the International Working Group on Export Credits to develop a new set of guidelines for government-supported export credits, as soon as possible in 2019.
  5. To support growth and equal participation that benefits everyone, and ensure our citizens lead healthy and productive lives, we commit to supporting strong, sustainable health systems that promote access to quality and affordable healthcare and to bringing greater attention to mental health. We support efforts to promote and protect women’s and adolescents’ health and well-being through evidence-based healthcare and health information. We recognize the World Health Organization’s vital role in health emergencies, including through the Contingency Fund for Emergencies and the World Bank’s Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility, and emphasize their need for further development and continued and sustainable financing. We recommit to support our 76 partners to strengthen their implementation of the International Health Regulations, including through their development of costed national action plans and the use of diverse sources of financing and multi-stakeholder resources. We will prioritize and coordinate our global efforts to fight against antimicrobial resistance, in a “one health” approach. We will accelerate our efforts to end tuberculosis, and its resistant forms. We reconfirm our resolve to work with partners to eradicate polio and effectively manage the post-polio transition. We affirm our support for a successful replenishment of the Global Fund in 2019.
  6. Public finance, including official development assistance and domestic resource mobilization, is necessary to work towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, but alone is insufficient to support the economic growth and sustainable development necessary to lift all populations from poverty. As a result, we have committed to the Charlevoix Commitment on Innovative Financing for Development to promote economic growth in developing economies and foster greater equality of opportunity within and between countries. We will continue to invest in quality infrastructure with open access. Given rising debt levels in low income countries and the importance of debt sustainability, we call for greater debt transparency not only from low income debtor countries, but also emerging sovereign lenders and private creditors. We support the ongoing work of the Paris Club, as the principal international forum for restructuring official bilateral debt, towards the broader inclusion of emerging creditors. We recognize the value in development and humanitarian assistance that promotes greater equality of opportunity, and gender equality, and prioritizes the most vulnerable, and will continue to work to develop innovative financing models to ensure that no one is left behind.

Preparing for Jobs of the Future

  1. We are resolved to ensure that all workers have access to the skills and education necessary to adapt and prosper in the new world of work brought by innovation through emerging technologies. We will promote innovation through a culture of lifelong learning among current and future generations of workers. We will expand market-driven training and education, particularly for girls and women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. We recognize the need to remove barriers to women’s leadership and equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of the labour market, including by eliminating violence, discrimination and harassment within and beyond the workplace. We will explore innovative new approaches to apprenticeship and vocational learning, as well as opportunities to engage employers and improve access to workplace training.
  2. We highlight the importance of working towards making social protection more effective and efficient and creating quality work environments for workers, including those in non-standard forms of work. Expanding communication and collaboration between governments and businesses, social partners, educational institutions and other relevant stakeholders will be essential for preparing workers to adapt and thrive in the new world of work. To realize the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI), we endorse the Charlevoix Common Vision for the Future of Artificial Intelligence. We recognize that a human-centric approach to AI has the potential to introduce new sources of economic growth, bring significant benefits to our societies and help address some of our most pressing challenges.

Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

  1. We recognize that gender equality is fundamental for the fulfillment of human rights and is a social and economic imperative. However, gender inequality persists despite decades of international commitments to eliminate these differences. We will continue to work to remove barriers to women’s participation and decision-making in social, economic and political spheres as well as increase the opportunities for all to participate equally in all aspects of the labour market. Our path forward will promote women’s full economic participation through working to reduce the gender wage gap, supporting women business leaders and entrepreneurs and recognizing the value of unpaid care work.
  2. Equal access to quality education is vital to achieve the empowerment and equal opportunity of girls and women, especially in developing contexts and countries struggling with conflict. Through the Charlevoix Declaration on Quality Education for Girls, Adolescent Girls and Women in Developing Countries, we demonstrate our commitment to increase opportunities for at least 12 years of safe and quality education for all and to dismantle the barriers to girls’ and women’s quality education, particularly in emergencies and in conflict-affected and fragile states. We recognize that marginalized girls, such as those with a disability, face additional barriers in attaining access to education.
  3. Advancing gender equality and ending violence against girls and women benefits all and is a shared responsibility in which everyone, including men and boys, has a critical role to play. We endorse the Charlevoix Commitment to End Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Abuse and Harassment in Digital Contexts, and are resolved to end all forms of sexual and gender-based violence. We strive for a future where individuals’ human rights are equally protected both offline and online; and where everyone has equal opportunity to participate in political, social, economic and cultural endeavors.

Building a More Peaceful and Secure World

  1. We share a responsibility to build a more peaceful and secure world, recognizing that respect for human rights, the rule of law and equality of opportunity are necessary for lasting security and to enable economic growth that works for everyone. The global security threats we face are complex and evolving and we commit to working together to counter terrorism. We welcome the outcome of the international conference on the fight against terrorist financing, held in Paris April 25-26, 2018. Foreign terrorist fighters must be held accountable for their actions. We are committed to addressing the use of the internet for terrorist purposes, including as a tool for recruitment, training, propaganda and financing, and by working with partners such as the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism. We underscore the importance of taking concrete measures to eradicate trafficking in persons, forced labour, child labour and all forms of slavery, including modern slavery.
  2. Recognizing that countries that are more equal are also more stable, more peaceful and more democratic, we are resolved to strengthen the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. Gender-sensitive measures that include women’s participation and perspectives to prevent and eradicate terrorism are vital to effective and sustainable results, protection from sexual and gender-based violence, and preventing other human rights abuses and violations.
  3. We commit to take concerted action in responding to foreign actors who seek to undermine our democratic societies and institutions, our electoral processes, our sovereignty and our security as outlined in the Charlevoix Commitment on Defending Democracy from Foreign Threats. We recognize that such threats, particularly those originating from state actors, are not just threats to G7 nations, but to international peace and security and the rules-based international order. We call on others to join us in addressing these growing threats by increasing the resilience and security of our institutions, economies and societies, and by taking concerted action to identify and hold to account those who would do us harm.
  4. We continue to call on North Korea to completely, verifiably and irreversibly dismantle all of its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and ballistic missiles as well as its related programs and facilities. We acknowledge recent developments, including North Korea’s announcement of a moratorium on nuclear testing and ballistic missile launches, a commitment to denuclearization made in the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration – assuming full implementation – and the apparent closure of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site on May 24; but we reiterate the importance of full denuclearization. The dismantlement of all of its WMD and ballistic missiles will lead to a more positive future for all people on the Korean Peninsula and a chance of prosperity for the people of North Korea, who have suffered for too long. However, more must be done and we call on all states to maintain strong pressure, including through the full implementation of relevant UNSCRs, to urge North Korea to change its course and take decisive and irreversible steps. In this context, we once again call upon North Korea to respect the human rights of its people and resolve the abductions issue immediately
  5. We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing behaviour to undermine democratic systems and its support of the Syrian regime. We condemn the attack using a military-grade nerve agent in Salisbury, United Kingdom. We share and agree with the United Kingdom’s assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation was responsible for the attack, and that there is no plausible alternative explanation. We urge Russia to live up to its international obligations, as well as its responsibilities as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, to uphold international peace and security. Notwithstanding, we will continue to engage with Russia on addressing regional crises and global challenges, where it is in our interests. We reiterate our condemnation of the illegal annexation of Crimea and reaffirm our enduring support for Ukrainian sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity within its internationally-recognized borders. We maintain our commitment to assisting Ukraine in implementing its ambitious and necessary reform agenda. We recall that the continuation of sanctions is clearly linked to Russia’s failure to demonstrate complete implementation of its commitments in the Minsk Agreements and respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and we fully support the efforts within the Normandy Format and of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe for a solution to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Should its actions so require, we also stand ready to take further restrictive measures in order to increase costs on Russia. We remain committed to support Russian civil society and to engage and invest in people-to-people contact.
  6. We strongly condemn the murderous brutality of Daesh and its oppression of civilian populations under its control. As an international community, we remain committed to the eradication of Daesh and its hateful ideology. In Syria, we also condemn the repeated and morally reprehensible use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime and by Daesh. We call on the supporters of the regime to ensure compliance with its obligation to declare and dismantle remaining chemical weapons. We deplore the fact that Syria assumed the presidency of the Conference on Disarmament in May, given its consistent and flagrant disregard of international non-proliferation norms and agreements. We reaffirm our collective commitment to the Chemical Weapons Convention and call on all states to support the upcoming Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Special Conference of States Parties and to work together to strengthen the ability of the OPCW to promote the implementation of the Convention. We call upon those who have yet to do so to join the International Partnership Against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons. We call for credible, inclusive and non-sectarian governance in Syria, facilitated by free and fair elections held to the highest international standards of transparency and accountability, with all Syrians, including members of the diaspora, eligible to participate.
  7. We remain concerned about the situation in the East and South China Seas and reiterate our strong opposition to any unilateral actions that could escalate tensions and undermine regional stability and the international rules-based order. We urge all parties to pursue demilitarization of disputed features. We are committed to taking a strong stance against human rights abuse, human trafficking and corruption across the globe, especially as it impacts vulnerable populations, and we call upon the international community to take strong action against these abuses all over the world. We welcome the recent commitments made by Myanmar and we pledge to coordinate efforts to build lasting peace and support democratic transition in Myanmar, particularly in the context of the ongoing Rohingya crisis, to allow safe and unhindered humanitarian access and the safe, voluntary and dignified return of refugees and displaced people. We are deeply concerned about the lack of respect for human rights and basic democratic principles in Venezuela, as well as the spiraling economic crisis and its humanitarian repercussions. We express our concern at the continuous deterioration of the situation in Yemen and renew our call for all parties to fully comply with international humanitarian law and human rights law.
  8. Recognizing the threat Iran’s ballistic missile program poses to international peace and security, we call upon Iran to refrain from launches of ballistic missiles and all other activities which are inconsistent with UNSCR 2231 – including all annexes – and destabilizing for the region, and cease proliferation of missile technology. We are committed to permanently ensuring that Iran’s nuclear program remains peaceful, in line with its international obligations and commitments to never seek, develop or acquire a nuclear weapon. We condemn all financial support of terrorism including terrorist groups sponsored by Iran. We also call upon Iran to play a constructive role by contributing to efforts to counter terrorism and achieve political solutions, reconciliation and peace in the region.
  9. We remain concerned about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, especially in the light of recent events. We support the resumption without delay of substantive peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians aimed at achieving a negotiated solution that ensures the peace and security for both parties. We stress the importance of addressing as soon as possible the dire and deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in the Gaza strip.
  10. Africa’s security, stability, and sustainable development are high priorities for us, and we reiterate our support for African-led initiatives, including at a regional level. We reiterate our commitment to work in partnership with the African continent, supporting the African Union Agenda 2063 in order to realize Africa’s potential. We will promote African capabilities to better prevent, respond to, and manage crisis and conflicts; and to strengthen democratic institutions. We reiterate our commitment to the stabilization, unity and democracy of Libya, which is key for the stability of the Mediterranean region and of Europe. We support the efforts of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Salamé in pursuing an inclusive political process founded on his Action Plan and we encourage all Libyan and regional actors to uphold their constructive engagement as outlined in the June 6, 2018 statement of the President of the Security Council on Libya. We support the efforts of the Presidency Council for Libya and the Libyan Government of National Accord to consolidate State institutions.

Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy

  1. A healthy planet and sustainable economic growth are mutually beneficial, and therefore, we are pursuing global efforts towards a sustainable and resilient future that creates jobs for our citizens. We firmly support the broad participation and leadership of young people, girls and women in promoting sustainable development. We collectively affirm our strong determination to achieve a clean environment, clean air, clean water and healthy soil. We commit to ongoing action to strengthen our collective energy security and demonstrate leadership in ensuring that our energy systems continue to drive sustainable economic growth. We recognise that each country may chart its own path to achieving a low-emission future. We look forward to adopting a common set of guidelines at UNFCCC COP 24.
  2. Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the European Union reaffirm their strong commitment to implement the Paris Agreement, through ambitious climate action; in particular through reducing emissions while stimulating innovation, enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening and financing resilience and reducing vulnerability; as well as ensuring a just transition, including increasing efforts to mobilize climate finance from a wide variety of sources. We discussed the key role of energy transitions through the development of market based clean energy technologies and the importance of carbon pricing, technology collaboration and innovation to continue advancing economic growth and protect the environment as part of sustainable, resilient and low-carbon energy systems; as well as financing adaptive capacity. We reaffirm the commitment that we have made to our citizens to reduce air and water pollution and our greenhouse gas emissions to reach a global carbon-neutral economy over the course of the second half of the century. We welcome the adoption by the UN General Assembly of a resolution titled Towards a Global Pact for the Environment and look forward to the presentation of a report by the Secretary General in the next General Assembly.
  3. Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the European Union will promote the fight against climate change through collaborative partnerships and work with all relevant partners, in particular all levels of government; local, Indigenous, remote coastal and small island communities; as well as with the private sector, international organizations and civil society to identify and assess policy gaps, needs and best practices. We recognize the contribution of the One Planet conferences to this collective effort.
  4. The United States believes sustainable economic growth and development depends on universal access to affordable and reliable energy resources. It commits to ongoing action to strengthen the world’s collective energy security, including through policies that facilitates open, diverse, transparent, liquid and secure global markets for all energy sources. The United States will continue to promote energy security and economic growth in a manner that improves the health of the world’s oceans and environment, while increasing public-private investments in energy infrastructure and technology that advances the ability of countries to produce, transport, and use all available energy sources based on each country’s national circumstances. The United States will endeavour to work closely with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently and help deploy renewable and other clean energy sources, given the importance of energy access and security in their Nationally Determined Contributions. The United States believes in the key role of energy transitions through the development of market-based clean energy technologies and the importance of technology collaboration and innovation to continue advancing economic growth and protect the environment as part of sustainable, resilient, and clean energy systems. The United States reiterates its commitment to advancing sustainable economic growth, and underscores the importance of continued action to reduce air and water pollution.
  5. Recognizing that healthy oceans and seas directly support the livelihoods, food security and economic prosperity of billions of people, we met with the heads of state or government of the Argentina, Bangladesh, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Marshall Islands, Norway, Rwanda (Chair of the African Union), Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Vietnam, and the heads of the United Nations, the IMF, the World Bank and the OECD, to discuss concrete actions to protect the health of marine environments and ensure a sustainable use of marine resources as part of a renewed agenda to increase global biodiversity protection. We endorse the Charlevoix Blueprint for Healthy Oceans, Seas and Resilient Coastal Communities, and will improve oceans knowledge, promote sustainable oceans and fisheries, support resilient coasts and coastal communities and address ocean plastic waste and marine litter. Recognizing that plastics play an important role in our economy and daily lives but that the current approach to producing, using, managing and disposing of plastics and poses a significant threat to the marine environment, to livelihoods and potentially to human health, we the Leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the European Union endorse the G7 Ocean Plastics Charter.


  1. We share the responsibility of working together to stimulate sustainable economic growth that benefits everyone, in particular, those most at risk of being left behind. We would like to thank our citizens, civil society, the Gender Equality Advisory Council, the Formal G7 Engagement Groups and other partners for their meaningful input to Canada’s presidency. We welcome the offer of the President of France to host our next Summit in 2019 and his pledge to continue G7 leadership on our common agenda.