Some people in the media are calling the G7 a train wreck, saying that it has lost its relevance without the United States’s full participation. Let’s not forget that it may be a Group of Six Plus One, not a Group of One Plus Six. If one member is intent on burning bridges instead of building them, let him stay home on his island.
Great achievements can still be made at these high-level meetings in the spirit of cooperation. Canada, the European Union, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the World Bank made a historic pledge of $3.8-billion for education for women and girls in crisis and conflict situations, about triple the $1.3-billion the prime minister was asking for. Canada pledged $400-million over three years.
To all the summit naysayers, just remember that 8.5 million women and girls have a much brighter future than a week ago.