G20: world leaders Focus On Covid-19 And Climate Change agenda

Image caption,The leaders are meeting in Rome for two days

Image caption,The leaders are meeting in Rome for two days

Covid-19 and Climate change are top of the agenda as leaders from the world’s important economies meet in Italy.

This is the first time the G20 leaders are meeting eye-ball to eye-ball since the outbreak of the epidemic.

Although, China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin will not be available in Rome for the summit, wishing to appear via video link alternatively.

The summit comes up amid more and more dire cautions for the future if urgent action is not taken to cut pollution.

The group – made up of 19 countries and the European Union – is approximated to account for 80% of the world’s pollution.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking ahead of the two-day meeting, advised failing to act would result in

“our civilization” going backwards, consigning “future generations to a life that is far less agreeable than our own”.

Nonetheless, he admitted that neither the G20 meeting, nor the upcoming COP26 summit in Glasgow, which starts on Monday, would stop global warming, saying

“the most we can hope to do is slow the increase”.

As declared by Reuters news agency, a draft communique outlines a promise from the G20 to work towards limiting the rise in temperatures to 1.5C (2.7F) – yet no legally binding agreement will be made.

The draft also vow to take “concrete measures” to stop the illegal logging, mining and wildlife trades, Reuters declares in her reports.

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Telling his fellow leaders, Mr Johnson is also anticipated to touch on corona virus vaccine unevenness during the meeting,

“the pace of recovery will depend on how quickly we can overcome Covid”, with the first priority being “the rapid, equitable and global distribution of vaccines”.

Over six billion Covid vaccine doses have been dispensed worldwide. still, a letter addressed to Italian PM Mario Draghi, who is hosting the G20, from over 160 erstwhile world leaders and global figures noted just 2% of people in low-income countries have received a jab.

On Saturday, Mr Draghi called the distinction “morally unacceptable”. He urge fellow leaders to “do all we can” to vaccinate 70% of the world’s population by the middle of next year.

In the Meantime, US President Joe Biden will push for countries to increase energy production, in the midst of suddenly and rapidly increasing prices, as well as talking over a plan to avert future epidemics. He is also expected to hold a meeting with Mr Johnson, also with France’s Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel, to deliberate restoring the Iran nuclear official agreement.

The group is also due to approve a global minimum corporate tax rate of at least 15%, which is supported by 140 countries around the world. The draft communique calls for it to be in place some time in 2023.

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