Saturday, April 28, 2018

G20 Summit:  a Strong Show of Support for Climate from G19 but Words Must Translate into Action

Trump isolated as world leaders reaffirm commitments to tackle dangerous climate change (Credit: Click to Enlarge.
Climate Action Network welcomes the G20 summit’s commitment to strengthen climate action.  This is the first time a G20 Summit has produced a detailed Climate and Energy Action Plan outlining a to-do list to jointly tackle climate change.  All countries, save one, recognize that this is about protecting people’s health, safeguarding ecosystems, promoting economic prosperity and global stability.

Unfazed by the US' intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the G19 stand united, supported by allies in numerous cities, regions and businesses, to forge ahead with a safe and clean future for all.  Civil society expects all countries to build on this momentum.  We call on them to implement the Paris Agreement, come prepared to assess their collective progress in 2018 and trigger a process to ratchet up climate ambition by 2020.  As the next hosts of the G20, civil society supports Argentina in taking forward a progressive climate agenda.

Members of Climate Action Network react to the outcome from the Summit:
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF’s Global Climate & Energy Practice: “Despite US pressure, world leaders at the G20 Summit showed they are serious about creating an equitable transition to a decarbonized world by by sending a strong signal on the Paris climate agreement.  The Action Plan on Climate and Energy for Growth attached to the Communique is the most detailed climate to-do list we have ever seen from the G20.  Now it’s about taking concrete action within and between countries, building on existing efforts by business, cities and civil society and amplifying those through true governmental leadership.”
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