Rishi Sunak brands illegal migration as 'global emergency'

Now I've come to this summit to stand with our allies and friends as we protect the United Kingdom's security, our prosperity and our values. And the stakes could hardly be higher. The world today is more dangerous than it's been for decades. War rages in Ukraine, in the Middle East. Conflict, climate change and hunger is displaced more than 100 million people globally. And new technologies like AI create both new opportunities and significant new risks. That's why the UK has made a hard and fast pledge. To increase defense spending to 2 1/2 percent of GDP by 20-30. We're taking unprecedented action to stop the boats and reduce migration. And I'm pleased that the G7 has today committed to closer coordination on AI safety, following the UK's lead at Bletchley Park. Because the problems we face are global in nature, so we need global solutions. And that's what I've been arguing for at this G7 summit. First on migration. Illegal migration is now a global emergency. More people are moving across borders than at any time. In our history, we cannot stand by and watch this human tragedy unfold. The G7 has focused on dealing with the root causes of migration, including a new package of UK development assistance for Africa and Italy's new Apulia Food Systems initiative to tackle food insecurity. We're also doing more to combat the people traffickers because we all agree that it's for sovereign nations to control their borders and not criminal gangs. And the G7 has today launched a new coalition to counter people smuggling. And I'm particularly pleased that the G7 has also agreed to work together to make sure the governance of migration is increasingly effective and sustainable.

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