Ahead the G7 Summit in Hiroshima in May, The Elders urge Japan’s leaders to be bold and ambitious:
- On nuclear weapons: The Elders support Japan’s G7 leadership on the issue and urge a strong G7 statement condemning President Putin’s suspension of Russia’s participation in critical New START arms controls and in support of greater action to prevent a new nuclear arms race developing
- On pandemics: The Elders hope to see more public support from Japan ahead of the G7 for a Global Health Threats Council and commitments on additional finances for an international Pandemic Fund.
- On the climate crisis: The Elders urge greater ambition on climate and energy transition, both domestically and through Japan’s G7 presidency. This means ending fossil fuel subsidies by 2025, agreeing to coal phase-out by 2030 and ending all fossil fuel use by 2035.
- On multilateralism and Russia’s war on Ukraine: The Elders commend Japan’s solidarity with Ukraine and urge a focus on building consensus among states in the Asia region in response to Russia’s aggression, in line with the UN Charter and respect for international law.