Germany today took over the G20 Presidency by outlining its mission for 2017 under the overarching motto of “Shaping an Interconnected World”
G20 Working Group
The objective of the G20 Working Group is to influence the G20 countries and to work with relevant stakeholders to ensure that G20’s policies promote sustainable development, with a particular focus on increasing investments into energy efficiency and renewable energy, ensuring development planning in line with full decarbonization and to make finance available to poorer countries to ensure that these countries can adapt to climate change and put infrastructure and policies in place that are climate friendly.
Hangzhou, China, 5 September 2016: Climate Action Network welcomed the US and China’s ratification of the Paris Agreement on the eve of the G20 summit here. However, civil society groups are disappointed that more countries did not follow suit. Moreover, the final G20 communique published today was overall low on details, weak in tone and failed to make strong commitments on fighting climate change.
In December 2015, the G20, as part of the 196 Parties to the UNFCCC, committed to a historic global agreement to address climate change and pursue efforts to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels, so as to mitigate the harmful effects on the world’s people, biodiversity and the global environment.
Held only two weeks before the UNFCCC COP21, the G20 Summit presents a unique opportunity to strengthen international confidence and momentum towards an ambitious climate agreement in Paris and to show commitment to low-emission and climate-resilient development by the biggest economies in the world.
Climate Action Network identified three key issues G20 countries need to assume a leadership role to send strong signals to Paris:
- Climate Finance
- Adaptation and Loss & Damage
- Emission reduction and economic transformation
April 22, 2013 – NGO experts from the two largest climate change networks will brief media on April 25 at 13.30GMT on the current state of play in the international climate negotiations ahead of the year's first round of UN talks. They will also preview major milestones in 2013 related to climate change, and their potential impact on the negotiations.
In a disappointing and disheartening plenary session today, the Brazilian chair adopted the watered down draft text to be taken to world leaders tomorrow to formally adopt. As delegations clapped away at our failed future, civil society loudly protested from the back of the plenary hall.
See page 12 of the pdf for today's ECO corner.
Panama could not be a more fitting place to reboot the negotiations on controlling the high and rising emissions from international shipping. Last month’s G20 finance ministers’ discussions on raising climate finance from international transport suggest there is a huge opportunity to do so.