What Are G7 Summits?
These are summits held with the participation of the heads of state of the eight countries of Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Russia, as well as the Presidents of the European Commission and European Council.
* Since 2014, the summits have been held via the G7, which consists of the seven countries above with the exception of Russia.
At the summits, the heads of state sit around a single table and forge a consensus through an uninhibited exchange of opinions about various challenges confronting the international community, with the results of this then compiled into a declaration.
The host country assumes the Presidency of the summit. To date, Japan has assumed the Presidency five times: in 1979, 1986, 1993, 2000, and 2008. Japan will once again assume the Presidency for the sixth time when hosting the Ise-Shima Summit.
What Is the G7 Kurashiki Education Ministers' Meeting?
This is a related ministerial meeting for the Cabinet Ministers from each country that will be held to coincide with the Ise-Shima Summit (May 26-27). The Education Ministers' Meeting will be held in Kurashiki City on May 14 and 15 due to its reputation as a city that has promoted urban development based around education and culture for a long time.
- Saturday, May 14 - Sunday, May 15, 2016
- Kurashiki Bikan Historical Area
- Scheduled Participants
- The Education Ministers from Japan, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as representatives from international organizations like the EU, OECD, UNESCO, and more
- Theme and Discussion Topics
- Innovation in Education: Reforming Education to Build Peaceful, Prosperous, and Sustainable Societies
A variety of topics will be discussed, such as the role of education in confronting the global challenges faced by societies with numerous complex problems, and successfully building peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable societies. It will also touch on the qualities and capabilities required in this new era in which coexistence and cooperation with people from various different backgrounds are becoming increasingly important, as well as measures and educational systems for fostering these. Modalities for international cooperation in this new era will also be discussed.
- Scheduled Meetings and Events, etc.
- Education Ministers'Meeting
- Bilateral discussions / Joint press conferences
- Tours of educational settings in schools
- Tour of Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings in Kurashiki
- Symposiums on education
- Dinners hosted by the Government of Japan
- Local welcome reception
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