With the meeting “Dialogue between Italian Civil7 Civil Society and Italian Institutions at the Opening of the Year of the Italian G7 Presidency” and the International Kick-Off Meeting, Civil7 (C7) officially launched its activities in the year of the Italian G7 Presidency
On 18 January 2024, the first Italian act of dialogue and confrontation between Italian Civil Society and some representatives of Italian institutions took place.
During the meeting, Civil7, which is coordinated and chaired this year by Gcap Italia, expressed its concerns related to the ‘polycrisis‘ of this era to political decision-makers. Inequalities, discrimination, violence, conflicts are worsening and generating humanitarian emergencies, increasing hunger on a global scale, migration flows and vulnerabilities that mainly affect women, children and young people. It is the ‘polycrisis’, which produces inequalities and vulnerabilities that feed on themselves in a perverse cycle, aggravated by the obvious difficulties in the timely and appropriate management of climate and environmental issues that strongly impact the planet and the lives of its living beings.
Development, food justice, human mobility, climate, energy transformation and environmental justice, global health, economic justice and transformation were the topics of discussion and interlocution with the political world, constituting some of the thematic areas on which C7 Working Groups were structured that will engage representatives of more than 700 global organisations from some 70 countries in the coming months.
“The G7’s approach seems to be that of those who imagine a world of the strong who are capable, generously, of welcoming the weak. It is a perspective that needs to be overturned,’ said Riccardo Moro, Chair C7, in the morning’s conclusions. ‘It is instead on the weakness of the whole system, on the fragility of all of us, which in solidarity becomes strength, that we need to design a different, fairer and more human world, in which everyone participates with the same dignity.
The Italian government responded with the participation of the coodinators of the various G7 thematic working groups that will be engaged throughout 2024. Foreign Minister Tajani sent a message stating that “this meeting is a first step in a collaboration that will continue and can lead to important results throughout the year.”
In the afternoon, hundreds of people, representatives of the organisations involved in the C7, connected from different parts of the world, animated the discussion of the C7 2024 Kick-off meeting, thus officially kicking off the international work as well
After the presentation of the G7 priorities by the Italian Sherpa Office, represented by Tommaso Murè, and the description of the process that will characterise the C7 during the year 2024 by Valeria Emmi, C7 Sherpa and GCAP Italy-CESVI Co-spokesperson, the C7 Working Groups were presented and then a lively question/answer session was held in which the C7 Working Group Coordinators solicited both the audience and the Sherpa Office on the issues of greatest concern.
Our slogan is Just Justice! Social, environmental and economic justice. It is just, and after all it is achievable, you just have to have the political will to do it. That is why we say just justice.” – said Valeria Emmi. ‘On these issues C7 will continue to demand a demanding confrontation with Italian and international political institutions,’ Emmi continued, ‘to initiate a process of real dialogue leading to social transformation.
Download here the “Contribution to the discussion” document of the Italian Civil Society facilitated by GCAP Italy
Here below are the short video messages of Riccardo Moro and Valeria Emmi about commitments and main goals of 2024 C7