This ministerial meeting was co-chaired by the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs; and the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
Joint statement of foreign and security ministers
Under the theme of “building a more peaceful and secure world,” the foreign and security ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, together with European Commissioners in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship and the Security Union, met jointly in Toronto on April 23, 2018. We discussed collective efforts towards reinforcing democracy by addressing destabilizing behaviour, including interference in countries’ democratic systems, including through digital technologies and unacceptable actions.
Among other issues, we discussed Russia and emphasized the need to protect and promote a rules-based international order. We also looked at how best to manage the risks associated with foreign terrorist fighters, and associated travellers. It was noted that special attention must be given to the challenges associated with returning family members, including women and youth. We issued “Toronto Commitments” on defending democracy and managing foreign terrorist fighters and associated travellers.
- Defending democracy – Addressing foreign threats
- Managing foreign terrorist fighters and associated travellers
G7 foreign ministers communiqué
G7 foreign ministers gathered in Toronto on April 22 and 23, 2018, to exchange views and coordinate action with respect to building a more peaceful and secure world. Bound together by respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms, democracy and the rule of law, they discussed four broad themes: (1) a rules-based international order, (2) non-proliferation and disarmament, (3) transnational threats to security and (4) conflict prevention and support for United Nations efforts and reform. The ministers reaffirmed their belief in open economies, open societies and open governments where diversity is respected and inclusion is valued and embraced.
- Promoting implementation of international humanitarian law
- The G7 Women, Peace and Security Partnerships Initiative
- Chair’s report of the meeting of the G7 Ise-Shima Cyber Group
- 2018 G7 statement on non-proliferation and disarmament
Chair’s statement: security ministers
On April 23 and 24, 2018, G7 security ministers, together with the members of the European Union and the Secretary General of Interpol, met to develop clear approaches to strengthen our security, protect our values as democratic nations, and work toward the collective goal of building a more peaceful and secure world. As a group of like-minded countries, we want to assure our citizens that we will never compromise their security or freedoms, and we will not sacrifice one for the other. The agreed commitments are a testament to our focus on collaboration and the importance of the G7 as the right forum for that purpose.
The Co-chairs set the agenda of the ministerial meeting and deliver a summary of the discussions. The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs chaired the discussion sessions on foreign affairs with her G7 counterparts. The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness chaired the discussions sessions on security with his G7 counterparts. Ministers co-chaired a joint session on April 23rd .
Michael H. Wilson, University of Toronto Chancellor: The G7 is a very important vehicle. Today, we’re delighted to host the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting.
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs: We are here on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.
Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs: It’s important for them to talk, and it’s important for them to unite in these perilous times. It’s also important for them to propose, first of all, their democratic ideal.
Marija Pejčinović Burić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Republic of Croatia: I’m here upon the invitation of the Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland to discuss the role of women in security.
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland: Between yesterday and today, my colleagues and I have had very good discussions on the state of the world and the key role that G7 countries should play.
Christine Whitecross, Canadian Forces Lieutenant General, Commandant of NATO Defense College: We’re talking about the role of women in conflict resolution.
The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness: Promoting gender equality goes hand-in-hand with our mission to build a more peaceful and secure world.
Yoko Hayashi, Comité des Nations Unies pour l’élimination de la discrimination à l’égard des femmes: Women should take an active role to transform the world.
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland: Ministers following this meeting are releasing a G7 commitment on reinforcing democracy.
Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship: It’s a very important meeting, and I look forward to seeing this format be a kind of permanent institution of global cooperation for the years to come.
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland: We intend to make the most of our G7 presidency in 2018.
The Honourable Ralph Goodale: We need to work together closely as G7 partners. I want to thank all of my G7 colleagues, and I look forward to advancing our important work together, to offer useful advice to our respective leaders.