The RSC has selected two topics for drafting as 2018 G7 statements

Each year since 2005, the National Academies of the G7 countries have delivered joint statements in time for the G7 political summit, articulating the best available knowledge on key matters of global concern. The objective of the statements is to contribute to the deliberations of the political summit.

Canada will be the president of the G7 from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, with the political summit occurring in Charlevoix on June 8th and 9th. As such, the Royal Society of Canada is responsible for presiding over the process leading to joint statements of the G7 academies.

Following a consultation period during the summer and fall, the RSC has selected two topics for drafting now as 2018 G7 statements.

The first is The Global Arctic: the sustainability of northern communities in the context of changing ocean systems. The Chair of the Drafting Group for this statement is Professor Jackie Dawson from the University of Ottawa.

The second topic is Our Digital Future and its impact on knowledge, industry and the workforce. The Chair of the Drafting Group for this statement is Professor Catherine Middleton from Ryerson University.

The Chair of the Working Group for each topic is soliciting input in order to summarize the best available knowledge in a global context. Should you have material for the consideration of Dr. Dawson or Dr. Middleton, please submit it to rmacdonald@rsc-src.ca prior to 1 December 2017.

These statements will be finalized in Ottawa with the G7 Academies in March 2018, and presented to the Government of Canada in May.