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, officials said, with a group of countries resisting any firm commitment.
The G20 meeting in Naples discusses the natural environment on Thursday, andenergy and climate change on Friday, and diplomats struggled for days to find common ground to develop joint statements on the two topics.
" The texts are getting weaker and weaker, "said an official familiar with the talks chaired by Italy, which holds the rotating and annual presidency of the G20.
A fourth draft declaration on the environment seen by Hfrance.fr on Wednesday showed a lack of clear political plans and was still full of brackets around the sentences that remained to be agreed .
The G20 meeting is seen as a key intermediate step ahead of the global climate talks known as COP 26 to be held in Glasgow in November.
The climate action emergency was brought home this month by dying floodingtrières in Europe, fires in the United States and sweltering temperatures in Siberia, but countries remain at odds over how to pay for costly policies to reduce global warming.
Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia were among the countries that continue to resist attempts by the Italian presidency to strengthen language in G20 statements, officials said.
"It looks like there will be a complete lack of money commitments " said Oscar Soria of the group. 'US-based online activists Avaaz.
"North says south ' we must protect the environment 'and the south says 'we need money for that ', and the Italian Presidency isn 't very good at getting everyone on the same page, "he said.
Developed countriesagreed at 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 waters, storms and droughts exacerbated by climate change. climate change.
However, this target has not yet been reached.
Barring last-minute progress, it seems unlikely that the G20 meeting in Naples will refer to the $ 100 billion or make any other firm financial commitments.
" The tragic weather events we have witnessed in recent months and even in recent days prove that our climate system is suffering from serious disruption, "Italian Minister for Ecological Transition Roberto Cingolani said, opening talks on Thursday.
Cingolani, who frequently putsWarning of the costs of tackling climate change, said unless the em financial system aligned with the needs of sustainable development, there will be "catastrophic consequences" for future generations. Reporting by Gavin Jones; Edited by Crispian Balmer and Bernadette Baum
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