ADBI Dean welcomes T7 communiqué and urges even greater inclusivity and wider engagement

ADBI News Release | 21 May 2024

At the Think 7 (T7) Italy summit in Rome on 13–14 May, ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe voiced support for wider global engagement among think tanks and other G7 engagement groups to retain the G7’s influence and relevance.

The two days of panel discussions and meetings—under the theme of “The G7 and the World: Rebuilding Bridges”—brought together researchers and think tankers from across the G7 countries and the world in person and virtually. It concluded with the T7 Italy communiqué outlining policy recommendations to support the G7 leaders’ discussions across four areas: peace, security, and global governance; energy, climate, and sustainable development; the future of the global economy; and science and digitization for a better tomorrow.

“The T7 communiqué and the work produced by the T7 task forces present science-based policy proposals for the G7 countries to take forward to foster multilateral cooperation,” said Dean Sonobe.

“T7 and T20, the G7 and G20 think tank engagement groups should serve as a reminder to policy makers of the need to include developing countries in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific, particularly in approaches to an inclusive green energy transition, enhancing climate finance, and harnessing digitization.

“T7 and T20 should continue to strengthen partnerships with other groups like Women7, Youth7, and Civil Society7, as well as the G20 counterparts. Greater engagement with the wider groups and stakeholders should help broaden the scope of the discussion and facilitate formulating innovative policy ideas.”

During a panel session on the challenges of AI and digital innovation, Dean Sonobe underscored the importance of boosting inclusivity and global participation in the T7 and G7 groups. 

“It is very important because otherwise the G7, and even the G20, may be regarded as ignoring wider global perspectives … and they may fall out of favor with non-member countries, and then the resulting increase in geo-political and geo-economic cost could be huge.”

Five T7 Italy policy briefs were coauthored by ADBI researchers and economists. Nicolas Buchoud co-chaired the task force session on energy climate and sustainable development, during which Dina Azhgaliyeva described policy pathways highlighted in her coauthored brief on maximizing resource efficiency and how to ensure a just transition.

In the meeting held by the task force on science and digitization for a better future, Joy Blessida Sinay introduced the main findings from the brief she coauthored on building risk resilience through digital technology.