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UN urges G20 to prepare ‘Global Vaccination Plan’

António Guterres

The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 proposed that the Group of 20 (G20) set up an emergency task force to prepare a “Global Vaccination Plan” against COVID-19. UN Secretary-General, António Guterres. Photo credit: UN /Mark Garten He told an open debate of the Security Council on “ensuring the equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines in contexts affected ...

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G20 govts, central banks told to use public money for ‘Just Recovery’

G20 Osaka 2019

Ahead of two important meetings of rich country governments this week, climate activists all over the world are mobilising online and offline to call for a just recovery. Leaders pose for a family photo at the G20 Summit in Osaka on Friday, June 28, 2019 National governments and central banks representatives at the European Council on July 16-17 and the G20 Finance Ministers ...

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G20 govts accused of bankrolling fossil fuel industry with $77bn yearly

G20 Osaka 2019

A new report released by Friends of the Earth U.S. and Oil Change International reveals G20 countries have provided at least $77 billion a year in public finance to oil, gas and coal projects since the Paris Climate Agreement was reached. Leaders pose for a family photo at the G20 Summit in Osaka on Friday, June 28, 2019 This government-backed support to fossil fuels ...

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CITES welcomes G20 declaration on combating corruption related to illegal wildlife trade

John Scanlon

In the G20 Leaders Declaration, “Shaping an interconnected world”, released on Saturday, July 8, 2017 after meeting in Hamburg, Germany, G20 leaders reaffirmed their commitment to address illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products, particularly through combating corruption. The leaders stated: “We will intensify our fight against corruption related to illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products. Wildlife trafficking is a threat ...

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Paris Agreement irreversible, say G20 leaders


Leaders of the G20 group of nations at the weekend stated that the Paris Agreement on Climate Action is “irreversible”, even as they agreed a climate and energy action plan which appears to set out concrete steps to accelerate the world’s transitions to low carbon and greater resilience to climate change. In the leaders’ declaration that emerged at the end of the ...

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G20 to deliberate on health at Hamburg summit

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

For the first time in its history, the G20 will at its 2017 deliberations in Hamburg, Germany explore issues related to health. The international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies traditionally discusses policy issues pertaining to the promotion of international financial stability. However, this year’s G20 meeting is the first time that the international ...

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LDC group demands ambitious action, commitments from G20 leaders

Gebru Jember Endalew

As G20 leaders prepare to meet in Hamburg, Germany from Friday, July 7 to Saturday, July 8 2017, the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group has called on heads of state and government to reaffirm their commitments to tackling climate change by committing to ambitious climate action and support for the most vulnerable countries. The theme of Germany’s G20 presidency is ...

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How clean energy can meet most of Paris Agreement’s energy-related goals

Dolf Gielen

Ahead of the G20 meeting which starts in Hamburg, Germany at the end of the week, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has published a report showing that clean energy could achieve 90% of the energy-related CO emission reductions required to meet the central goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Nations agreed in Paris in 2015 to limit the ...

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Investors urge G20 on Paris accord commitments

Stephanie Pfeifer

Long-term institutional investors – 390 representing more than $22 trillion in assets – have written to G20 heads of state urging governments to stand by their commitments to the Paris Agreement at their upcoming Summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 7-8, 2017. Underscoring the urgency of action by G7 and G20 nations to implement the global climate pact and deliver their emissions ...

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Why climate policy matters for G20 finance ministers’ agenda

Ottmar Edenhofer

In order to stay below the 2 °C guardrail set in the Paris Agreement, climate policy should be integrated with the G20 finance ministers’ agenda. Finance ministers should consider the merits of carbon pricing for sound fiscal policy and thereby stimulate investments in carbon-free infrastructure. “It is rational for G20 finance ministers to embrace climate policy, even if climate change ...

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