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ADBI Leads T7 Japan

ADBI is leading Think (T7), the official think tank engagement group of the Group of 7 (G7), as part of Japan’s 2023 G7 presidency. Under the T7 Japan theme Addressing Crises, Reigniting Sustainable Development, Bridging the G7 and G20, global think tank experts are developing research-based policy recommendations to support discussions at the G7 Hiroshima Summit and beyond. They will emphasize measures to promote greater collaboration between the G7 and the Global South and bridge G7-G20 action to help tackle shared challenges.

T7 Japan 2023: Featured Activities

  • ADBI Dean Urges Unity for Reigniting the 2030 Agenda

    ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe urged the world leaders to unite and take strategic concerted actions for rebooting the 2030 Agenda which stands in crisis during an event co-hosted by chairs of Think7 Japan and Think 20 India, the G7 and G20 thinktank engagement groups, and the Rockefeller Foundation in New York on 21 September. Held on the heels of the SDG 20230 Summit, the event convened leaders from thinktanks, international finance institutions, and philanthropies from across geopolitical and economic spheres who underscored the need for urgent system transformations. They also explored keys to mobilizing capital and developing capacity crucial to accelerate the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals. The T7-T20 Chair joint proposal was further detailed in a Nikkei Asia op-ed published prior to the convening.

  • T7 Research Details Policy Next Steps for Addressing Crises, Reigniting Sustainable Development

    T7 has unveiled new research to guide policy next steps by the G7 and partners on the heels of the G7 Hiroshima Summit. Global experts under T7 Japan’s 4 task forces have produced 16 policy briefs and 4 issue papers detailing measures to help address intersecting crises and reignite sustainable development. The policy briefs and issue papers provide policy support for expanding G7-Global South engagement and bridging actions by the G7 and the G20 to tackle shared challenges.

  • ADBI Dean Leads T7 Call for G7-Global South Engagement at G7 Hiroshima Summit

    ADBI Dean and T7 Lead Chair Tetsushi Sonobe urged the G7 and partners to deepen their engagement with developing economies during T7 media activities on 18-21 May at the G7 Hiroshima Summit. In a joint press conference held by G7 engagement groups on 18 May, he explained that G7-Global South collaboration is critical to address intersecting crises and reignite sustainable development. In subsequent media interviews, Dean Sonobe and ADBI’s John Beirne described how G7 and G20 focus on developing economies can promote de-risking.

  • Germany Chancellor Scholz Responds to ADBI Dean on G7-Global South Cooperation

    Germany Chancellor Scholz emphasized the importance of greater engagement between the G7 and developing countries in response to a question on navigating the current global environment posed by ADBI Dean and T7 Lead Chair Tetsushi Sonobe at a Global Solutions Summit session in Berlin on 16 May. Chancellor Scholz explained that G7-Global South cooperation and broader multilateralism is critical for addressing shared challenges amid growing geopolitical fragmentation. In other sessions, Dean Sonobe outlined T7 proposals to promote peace and sustainable development.

  • Senior Officials, Experts Dive into ADB-ADBI Support for the G20, G7, and Global South

    G20-ADB engagement prospects and options for the G20, G7, and Global South to address shared challenges were explored at an ADBI session on 3 May, held alongside the 56th ADB Annual Meeting in Incheon. Indonesia Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati described multilateral collaboration via the G20 as key to promoting sustainable growth. Other senior policy makers and experts examined G20 efforts to boost inclusive recovery, climate resilience, and sustainable development and think tanks’ role in bridging G20 and G7 actions to deliver new policy breakthroughs.

  • Japan Prime Minister Kishida, ADBI Dean Discuss Think7 Japan Communiqué

    Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and ADBI Dean and T7 Japan Lead Chair Tetsushi Sonobe discussed the Think7 Japan Communiqué at the Prime Minister’s office in Tokyo on 28 April. Prime Minister Kishida noted the importance of considering fresh perspectives on approaching today’s complex global agenda in G7 policy discussions. Japan’s G7 presidency will seek to optimize T7 policy recommendations in preparation for the G7 Hiroshima Summit, he added. Dean Sonobe stressed that T7 Japan’s proposals could help address intersecting crises and reignite the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  • T7 Japan Issues Communiqué to Support G7 Breakthroughs

    Global experts have issued the Think7 Japan Communiqué outlining research-based policy recommendations to support discussions at the G7 Hiroshima Summit and beyond, spotlighted during the Think7 Japan Summit hosted by ADBI on 27-28 April in Tokyo and online. The communiqué features proposals for the G7 and partners emphasizing engagement with developing countries to confront shared challenges. It presents a call to action for bridging the G7 and G20, with a focus on solutions to address intersecting crises and reignite the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. It also details a new G7/G20 Dashboard design.

  • Think7 Japan Summit Highlights G7 Policy Challenges, Prospects

    Senior policy makers and experts discussed policy challenges and opportunities for the G7 and partners during the Think7 Japan Summit, held in Tokyo and online 27-28 April. Indonesia Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati called for greater G7-G20 coordination to address global challenges while Japan State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kenji Yamada detailed the policy priorities of Japan’s G7 presidency. ADBI Dean and T7 Japan Lead Chair Tetsushi Sonobe overviewed T7 Japan’s research-based proposals. T7 Japan task force co-chairs and experts examined related global imperatives.

  • ADBI Dean Discusses T7 Support for G7, Partners at Press Conference

    ADBI Dean and T7 Japan Lead Chair Tetsushi Sonobe described T7 support for the G7 and partners at a press conference on the role of official G7 engagement groups hosted by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo on 29 March. Joined by senior representatives of Science7 (S7) and Civil Society7 (C7) under Japan’s G7 presidency, Dean Sonobe explained that research-based proposals produced by global experts via T7 seek to guide policy discussions by the G7 and partners. View the webinar recording

  • ADBI Expert Urges G20-G7 Policy Coordination to Bolster Sustainable Recovery of Global South

    ADBI’s John Beirne urged greater G20-G7 policy coordination to address amplified pressures on debt sustainability, climate finance, supply chain resilience, and the global monetary system amid geopolitical tensions and cost of living concerns during a hybrid T20-T7 roundtable on 14 February. Together with Ambassador Sujan Chinoy, Chair of T20 India, and researchers, Beirne discussed the implications of global crises on developing economies, and the role of monetary policy coordination.

  • ADBI Dean Promotes T7-T20 Collaboration to Bridge G7-G20 Solutions

    ADBI Dean and T7 Japan Lead Chair Tetsushi Sonobe described think tank collaboration as crucial to accelerating G7 and G20 cooperation to address global challenges at a special T20 program in Bhopal, India on 16 January. Optimizing T7-T20 dynamics can better provide the G7, G20, and partners innovative strategies for achieving shared resilience and sustainable growth, he explained. At the 14th South Asia Conference in Delhi on 17 January, Dean Sonobe discussed G7 Japan’s focus on boosting engagement with the Global South.

  • ADBI Dean Discusses Think Tank Support for Multilateralism at T20 India Inception Conference

    ADBI Dean and T7 Japan Lead Chair Tetsushi Sonobe explained how think tanks can boost multilateralism amid increasing geopolitical fragmentation at the T20 India Inception Conference in New Delhi on 13-14 January. Leveraging think tanks’ convening power via T20 and T7 could scale up research-based policy solutions and collaboration to help bridge G7 and G20 efforts to drive sustainable economic development for all.

  • Senior Officials, Global Experts Outline T7 Japan Roadmap

    The T7 roadmap for helping G7 countries and partners confront unfolding global challenges was discussed in the ADBI-hosted T7 Japan inception conference on 12 December. Japan’s G7 Sous-Sherpa Kazuhiko Nakamura stressed T7’s importance for transmitting research-based policy ideas to the G7. ADBI Dean and T7 Lead Chair Tetsushi Sonobe and other co-chairs of T7 Japan task forces noted their emphasis on facilitating G7-Global South engagement. Dean Sonobe and T20 India experts explored ways to align T7-T20 policy research and outreach. View the webinar recording.

  • ADBI Dean Opens T7 Japan, Details G7-Global South Focus

    ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe described the outlook for ADBI’s T7 hosting during a T7 handover webinar on 31 October, held by outgoing T7 hosts the Global Solutions Initiative and the German Institute of Development and Sustainability. Under T7 Japan, experts from G7 and non-G7 countries will provide research-based policy support for the G7 and partners. Dean Sonobe noted T7 Japan’s focus on promoting multilateralism and G7 engagement with developing countries to help address global challenges. He added that T7 Japan will collaborate closely with T20 India.

  • ADBI T7 Townhall Spotlights Keys to Effective T7 Development, T7-T20 Dynamics

    ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe and an expert panel explored the outlook for T7 Japan 2023 during a T7 townhall hosted by ADBI alongside the T20 Summit in Bali and online on 6 September. Dean Sonobe explained how T7’s openness to researcher participation from outside the G7 strengthens its focus on development issues and G7-developing country engagement. This inclusive approach and T7-T20 coordination can open the door to T7 policy proposals to help the G7 and partners address global challenges, he added. View the webinar recording

T7 Germany 2022: Featured Activities

  • T7 Policy Brief Promotes Financing for Advancing Carbon Neutrality of Developing Economies

    A new T7 policy brief by ADBI’s Dina Azhgaliyeva, Dil Rahut, and Yixin Yao, and coauthors details strategies to help the Group of Seven (G7) boost the low-carbon transition of developing counties. It encourages the G7 to leverage the Asian Development Bank Energy Transition Mechanism to facilitate the early retirement of coal power plants and adoption of green technologies. It also explains how G7 cooperation could strengthen the impact of the Green Impact Fund for Technology, which incentivizes carbon reductions and clean energy growth by waving patented green technology.

  • T7 Policy Brief Provides G7 Guide for Balancing Economic Recovery-Sustainable Development

    A new Think7 (T7) policy brief by ADBI Vice-Chair of Research John Beirne and coauthors offers guidance to the Group of 7 (G7) on reviving the post-COVID-19 world economy in the face prevailing geopolitical tensions while tackling long-term sustainable development challenges. It encourages the G7 to take immediate action to address the impacts of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on economic growth and people’s livelihoods. It also calls for a “new global bargain” to support clean energy transition, tackle inequalities, and promote the Sustainable Development Goals. This includes improving governance and international policy cooperation to support economic stability, and the coordination of monetary and fiscal policies.

  • T7 Policy Brief Details Incentives for Stepping Up Biodiversity Protection

    A new Think7 (T7) policy brief by ADBI’s Dil Rahut, Dina Azhgaliyeva, and Yixin Yao describes strategies to help the Group of 7 (G7) strengthen protection for biodiversity critical to people’s livelihoods and well-being and building economic sustainability. It explains how the G7 could offer resource, technology, and market-based trade and investment incentives to countries, companies, and institutions that uphold biodiversity and reduce their environmental footprint. It also discusses ways to promote knowledge and skills development and good governance in emerging countries to support more biodiversity-friendly and sustainable economic growth.

  • T7 Policy Brief Highlights Education System Lessons for Tackling Post-COVID-19 Learning Losses

    A new Think7 (T7) policy brief by ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe, ADBI’s Daniel Suryadarma, and coauthors spotlights ways the Group of Seven (G7) and international partners can promote education system resilience following economic, social, or health crises. It describes the potentially severe long-term implications of forced school closures and disruptions, including greater inequality and slower economic growth. It encourages the G7 to support global efforts to advance education system design that enables learning continuity and rapid learning recovery.

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    T7 Policy Brief Calls for Global Network to Support Climate Vulnerable Farmers

    A new Think7 (T7) policy brief coauthored by ADBI’s Dil Rahut, Dina Azhgaliyeva, and Yixin Yao, and partner experts urges global policy makers to mobilize an international consortium to safeguard climate threatened small-scale farmers and food supplies. It explains how the Group of Seven (G7) could help boost the production capacity and supply chain participation of these farmers, who constitute around 85% of agriculture production worldwide, and build climate-resilience within the sector. It also encourages G7-driven promotion of agriculture education, credit access, agribusiness trade, and research to enhance sustainable and nutritious food supplies and access for consumers.

  • T7 Policy Brief Describes Global Cooperation Keys to Circular Economy, Green Recovery

    A new T7 policy brief by ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe, ADBI’s Linda Arthur and Derek Hondo, and coauthors urges the Group of Seven (G7) to build international partnership for circular economy development and energy transition vital to sustainable recovery amid increasing uncertainty. It describes the importance of coordination between government, the private sector, and multilateral development organizations to facilitate green technology transfer, policy innovation, and private investment, particularly in developing and emerging economies. It also explains how multi-stakeholder collaboration can underpin effective multilateralism needed to boost clean energy access and sustainable growth for all.

  • T7 Policy Brief Urges G7 Cross-Border Coordination to Bolster Central Bank Digital Currency Viability

    A new Think7 (T7) policy brief coauthored by ADBI’s John Beirne explains how greater global interoperability of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) can enhance payment system efficiency and financial inclusion while mitigating cybersecurity and financial crime risks. The policy brief underscores the important role of the Group of Seven (G7) in fostering coordination between central banks and international financial institutions to build secure digital infrastructure and a credible, globally accepted system that ensures central bank issued money’s relevance as a vehicle for monetary policy transmission and financial stability. It also highlights the role of digital education, financial literacy, and digital infrastructure in maximizing CBDC’s capacity to support inclusive growth.

  • ADBI Dean, Experts Present T7 Communique to Germany Chancellor Scholz Ahead of G7 Summit

    ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe and other senior experts from the Think7 (T7) presented Germany Chancellor Olaf Scholz with the T7 Communiqué in Berlin. The communiqué describes policy recommendations for the Group of 7 (G7) developed by ADBI and global think tank partners via the inaugural T7 process launched under Germany’s 2022 G7 presidency. Joined by ADBI Vice-Chair of Research John Beirne, Dean Sonobe introduced the T7 Sustainable Recovery Task Force, which he co-chaired, and its recommendations for boosting economic recovery that aligns with longer-term development targets. ADBI is expected to host the T7 in 2023, as part of Japan’s G7 presidency.

  • ADBI Encourages G7-Asia Alignment to Advance Sustainable Economic Recovery for All

    New research championed by ADBI to help the Group of 7 (G7) promote sustainable recovery that lifts both developed and developing economies amid emerging challenges was spotlighted during the Think7 (T7) Summit in Berlin. Seven policy briefs coproduced by ADBI via T7 task forces encourage greater G7 cooperation with Asia to reinvigorate the global economy in-line with longer-term sustainable development targets. Dean Sonobe, Co-Chair of the T7 Task Force on Sustainable Economic Recovery, led T7 Summit discussions of ADBI’s guidance for scaling up green investment, tackling debt challenges, addressing COVID-19 learning disruptions, and building resilient supply chains and sustainable consumption.

  • ADBI Dean Leads T7 Discussion of Sustainable Economic Recovery Recommendations for G7

    ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe led a Think7 (T7) task force discussion on boosting global economic recovery in-line with longer-term sustainable development targets during the T7 Summit in Berlin. Dean Sonobe, Co-Chair of the T7 Task Force on Sustainable Economic Recovery, and Group of 7 (G7) government officials and stakeholders highlighted research-based recovery measures focused on scaling up green investment, tackling debt challenges, and building resilient supply chains. The approaches are detailed in policy briefs developed by the task force for consideration by the G7, taking into account the need for parallel coordination with developing economies in Asia and other global partners.

  • Germany Minister Supports ADBI T7 Leadership Ahead of Japan G7 2023 Presidency

    Germany Federal Chancellery Head Wolfgang Schmidt expressed strong support for ADBI leadership in the Think7 (T7), in the runup to Japan’s 2023 Group of 7 (G7) presidency, during the opening of the T7 Summit in Berlin. In response to a question from ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe on the G7’s future expectations for the T7, Minister Schmidt said that research-based policy recommendations and ADBI’s role in guiding them are becoming even more important. He explained that this is a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and high energy and food prices, which disproportionately impact emerging economies. He encouraged ADBI and the T7 to promote greater multilateralism needed to accelerate sustainable economic recovery.

  • ADBI Dean Urges G7 to Leverage T7 Support to Drive Global Recovery Amid Uncertainties

    ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe explained how the Group of Seven (G7) can advance economic recovery amid high uncertainty during the Global Solutions Summit. A co-chair of the Think7 (T7) Sustainable Economic Recovery Task Force, he encouraged the G7 to utilize T7 policy innovation to secure supply chains, facilitate equitable technology transfer, and standardize regulatory and finance frameworks needed to boost green investment, a circular economy, and low-carbon transition. He also called for global action to address COVID-19 education disruptions to build more inclusive economies. ADBI’s Linda Arthur curated a session on promoting a circular economy across sectors and its potential to bridge human wellbeing and prosperity.

  • ADBI Shapes G7 Germany Policy Advisory Discussions, Promotes Asian-Led Recovery Solutions

    ADBI experts led by Dean Tetsushi Sonobe have helped launch the policy advisory discussions of the Think7 (T7), the Group of 7’s (G7) think tank engagement group that is formally convening for the first time as part of Germany’s 2022 G7 presidency. Dean Sonobe, Co-Chair of the T7 Economic Recovery Task Force, explained during the T7 Inception Conference how policy innovation in Asia and the Pacific can foster more impactful G7-T7 outcomes vital to addressing the COVID-19 crisis and long-term sustainable development. The task force will explore next steps for reviving economies in alignment with global climate targets and the Sustainable Development Goals.

ADBI T7 2022 Policy Briefs

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T7 2022 Task Force: Sustainable Economic Recovery


Contact: Derek Hondo

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T7 2022 Task Force: Sustainable Economic Recovery

ADBI Contributors

Contact: Daniel Suryadarma

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T7 2022 Task Force: Sustainable Economic Recovery


Contact: John Beirne

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T7 2022 Task Force: Sustainable Economic Recovery


Contact: John Beirne