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G20 leaders to tackle climate challenge before COP26: Italy

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Italy is the rotating presidency of the G20 this year. (file)

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A meeting of G20 leaders in Rome next week will help pave the way for UN climate talks, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Wednesday, urging world powers to take coordinated action.

At a meeting of the Group of 20 advanced economies on 30 and 31 October, “we anticipate some negotiations to take place during COP26 in Glasgow”, the Italian premier told lawmakers.

“Without the participation of the major world economies we would not be able to honor the Paris Agreements and stop global warming by one and a half degrees,” he said.

“G20 countries produce about three-quarters of total global emissions. The climate crisis can only be managed if all the main global actors make a decisive, coordinated and cohesive decision to act.”

The 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change, taken at the COP21 summit, calls for keeping global warming below 2C above pre-industrial levels, and ideally closer to 1.5C.

US President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are among those attending the G20 summit, but not Russian President Vladimir Putin or Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The major themes of the summit are climate change, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and economic recovery.

Italy is the rotating presidency of the G20 this year.

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