G7 live news: Boris Johnson calls for lessons of pandemic to be learned and says world must ‘level up’

Given the pandemic we need to make sure that we don’t repeat some of the errors that we doubtless made in the course of the last 18 months or so. And we need to make sure that we now allow our economies to recover.

And I think that they have the potential to bounce back very strongly. And there’s all sorts of reasons for being optimistic, but it is vital that we don’t repeat the mistake of the last great crisis, the last great economic recession in 2008, when the recovery was not uniform across all parts of society.

And I think what’s gone wrong with this pandemic, or what risks being a lasting scar, is that inequalities may be entrenched. And we need to make sure that, as we recover, we level up across our societies and we rebuild back better.

And I actually think that we have a huge opportunity to do that because, as G7, we are united in our vision for a cleaner, greener world, a solution to the problems of climate change. And in those ideas, in those technologies, which we’re all addressing together, I think there is the potential to generate many, many millions of high-wage, high-skill jobs.

And I think that is what the people of our countries now want us to focus on. They wanted to be sure that we’re beating the pandemic together, discussing how we’ll never have a repeat of what we’ve seen, but also that we’re building better together, and building back greener and building back fairer, and building back more equal, in a more gender-neutral and perhaps a more feminine way – how about that?

So those are some of the objectives that we have before us at Carbis Bay.

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