NAPLES, July 22 (Hfrance.fr) - Environment and Energy ministers of the Group of 20 rich countries made little progress on Thursday on how to meet climate targets, said responsible, with a group of countries resisting any firm commitment.
The G20 meeting in Naples discussed biodive on Thursdayrsity and the natural environment, while energy and climate change will be on Friday's agenda. Diplomats struggled for days to find meaningful common ground on the two issues.
Italy, which holds the rotating presidency of the G20 this year said the environmental statement has finally been released. accepted the "great joy " of the 20 countries after "weeks of negotiations and a two-day non-stop session ".
It will be published later ahead of a press conference by Italian Minister for Ecological Transition Roberto Cingolani.
Friday's statement, directly addressing climate change commitments , is likely to prove more difficult.
In his speech to the G20, seen by Hfrance.fr, the Argentine Minister of the Environment Juan Cabandie called for a "debt swap " whereby part of the debt of developing countries is canceled so that they can finance their ecological transition.
The G20 meeting is seen as a key milestone before global CLI mate talks known as COP 26 to be held in Glasgow in November.
The urgency for climate action was highlighted this month by deadly floods in Europe, fires in the United States and sweltering temperatures in Siberia, but countries remain at odds over the way to pay for costly policies to reduce global warming.
Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia have been among the countries that continue to resist attempts by the Italian Presidency to strengthen the language in G20 statements, officials said.
"He semble that there will be a complete lack of money commitments, "said Oscar Soria of US-based online activist Avaaz group.
"The north says to the south " we must protect the environment "and the south says " we need money for this, and the Italian presidency does not show up not very good at putting everyone on the same page "he said.
Developed countries have agreed on the United Nations in 2009 to together contribute $ 100 billion each year by 2020 in climate finance to the poorest countries, many of which are struggling with rising sea levels, storms and droughts made worse by climate change .
However, this goal has not yet been achieved.
"Funding commitments made by developed countries have not been honored, affecting thetrust between the parties "Cabandie said.
Barr With last-minute progress, it seems unlikely that the G20 in Naples will refer to the 100 billion dollars or make other firm financial commitments. Report by Gavin Jones; Edited by Bernadette Baum and Crispian Balmer
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