Emphasis on ‘connectivity’ from G7 Transport Ministers in the face of global instability

The Transport Ministers of the G7 countries held their annual meetings this year in Milan from April 11th to 13th, hosted by Italy, the current President of the G7.

Following the meeting, a joint statement titled “The Future of Mobility: Ensuring Connectivity in the Face of Increasing Global Instability” reaffirmed the importance of accessible, sustainable, resilient, efficient, inclusive, and fair transportation systems by the G7 ministers and reiterated the goal of ensuring security in supply chains and all transportation channels.

The statement highlighted that the meeting of the G7 Transport Ministers took place in a multi-crisis environment, noting increased concerns about the cost of living due to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and attacks by the Houthis in Yemen on commercial ships passing through the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

The statement underscored, “The convergence of these crises emphasizes the importance of our efforts to support the resilience, shock resistance, and adaptability of transportation systems. Connectivity is a fundamental need of our modern societies and one of the basic principles of free-market democracies.”

Meanwhile, according to reports in the Italian media, seven members of the environmental activist group ‘Extinction Rebellion’ protested the G7 Transport Ministers’ meeting in Milan’s Duomo Square wearing clown costumes over suits and holding a banner reading ‘G7: Climate Circus’. The demonstrators called for the declaration of a climate emergency.”

source: prepared by Melisa Beğiç

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