The 42nd G7 summit was held on May 26–27, 2016 at the Shima Kanko Hotel in Kashiko Island, Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan.
The G7 leaders aim to discuss current foreign policy issues like counter-terrorism, conflicts in the Middle East, the Ukrainian crisis, North Korea's nuclear program and the territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine shared Statement of G7 Ambassadors on Facebook due to the summit:
1. G7 Ambassadors reiterate the importance of the judicial reform in Ukraine, prior to the second reading of the draft law on amending the Constitution of Ukraine as to Justice at the Verkhovna Rada next week. We recall the judicial reform is a backbone of all the reforms in Ukraine to regain public trust and promote further foreign investments.
2. G7 Ambassadors commend and support the efforts of th Government, relevant authorities and civil society in Ukraine to implement its reforms and raise awareness of their importance in the society. We encourage them to continue their efforts, in particular, for a fight against corruption and the judicial reform, including the Prosecutor General’s Office, as clearly stated in the G7 Ise-Shima Leaders’ Declaration at the G7 Summit held in Japan on May 26 and 27, 2016.'
The G8 (temporarily G7 due to Russia's suspension) is a governmental political forum.
The forum originated with a 1975 summit hosted by France that brought together representatives of six governments: France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, thus leading to the name Group of Six or G6.
The summit became known as the Group of Seven or G7 in 1976 with the addition of Canada. Russia was added to the political forum from 1997, which then became known as the G8; Russia was, however, suspended in 2014 following the annexation of Crimea.