NAPLES, July 22 (Hfrance.fr) - Environment and Energy ministers from the Group of 20 rich countries made little progress on Thursday on how to meet climate targets, officials said. responsible, with a group of countries resisting any firm commitment.
The G20 meeting in Naples discusses the natural environment on Thursday, and the energy 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, "saidre 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 G20. 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.
In its speech at the G20, also seen by Hfrance.fr, the Argentine Minister of the Environment Juan Cabandie called for a "debt swap " by which part of the debt of developing countries would be canceled so that they can finance their ecological transition.
The G20 meeting is seen as a key intermediate step ahead of the global climate talks known as COP 26 which will be held in Glasgow in November.
The urgency of climate action was highlighted this monthi by deadly floods in Europe, fires in the United States and sweltering temperatures in Siberia, but countries remain at odds over how to pay for expensive 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 declared.
"It looks like there will be a complete lack of money commitments " said Oscar Soria of US-based online activist group Avaaz.
"The north says to the south" we must protect the environment "and the the south says "we need the money for this ", and the Italian presidency is not being very good at putting everyone on the same wavelength, "he said.
Developed countries agreed 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 sea levels , storms and droughts made worse by climate change.
However, this target has not yet been met.
"Funding commitments made by developed countries have not been honored, affecting trust between the parties, " Cabandie said.
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 systemclimate is suffering severe disruption, "Italian Minister for Ecological Transition Roberto Cingolani said, opening talks on Thursday.
Cingolani, who puts Frequently warned of the costs of tackling climate change, said unless the financial system aligns with the needs of sustainable development, there will be "catastrophic consequences" for future generations. Report by Gavin Jones; Edited by Crispian Balmer and Bernadette Baum
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