On May 19, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese travelled to Hiroshima, Japan, at the invitation of His Excellency Mr Kishida Fumio, the Prime Minister of Japan, to participate in the 2023 G7 Summit as an outreach partner.
In the past five years, the Australian Prime Minister was invited to the G7 in Biarritz, France, in 2019, Washington, USA, in 2020 (postponed because of COVID-19); and Carbis Bay, UK, in 2021.
Prime Minister Albanese had the chance to collaborate with some of Australia’s closest allies throughout three outreach partner meetings to address challenging international issues.
Together, leaders advanced sustainable development, combated climate change, and achieved the transition to a net zero economy.
He also had several bilateral meetings with the leaders of Brazil, South Korea, Japan, the Cook Islands, and the United Nations. These leaders included Presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil, President Yoon Suk Yeol of South Korea, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. of the United States, President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, and Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany.
The G7 and outreach partners approved the Hiroshima Action Statement for Resilient Global Food Security. In the Statement, pledges were made to address the persisting issue of global food security and to develop agriculture and food systems that are more resilient, sustainable, and inclusive.
Prime Minister Albanese also spoke about Australia’s transition to clean energy, commitments to reduce emissions, and scaling up renewable energy.
In addition to releasing a more comprehensive Joint Leaders’ Statement underlining the depth of collaboration between Australia and the United States, he signed a statement of intent with President Biden to move forward with a Climate, Critical Minerals and Clean Energy Transformation Compact with the United States.
The Prime Minister met with US President Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and US Prime Minister Kishida while in Hiroshima. After discussing their shared commitment to an open, stable, and prosperous Indo-Pacific, the leaders released Quad Leaders’ Vision and Quad Joint Leaders’ statements.
Prime Minister Albanese also visited the Genbaku Dome and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park before leaving Japan. According to Prime Minister Albanese, Australia continues to stand with Japan in our efforts to achieve a nuclear-weapons-free world.