A number of G20 leaders stressed the importance of the joint action to safeguard the planet, address climate change and preserve the environment in order to achieve a carbon-free world.
During the second side event on Safeguarding the Planet on the sidelines of G20 Leaders’ summit, the Prime Minister of Italy, Professor Giuseppe Conte, said in a speech that the next G20 leaders’ summit 2021, to be held in Italy, will seek to enable ambitious, forward-looking agreements within the framework of the Rio conventions (3) on biodiversity, climate change and desertification and the impact of the epidemic on social and economic systems.
He added that in our capacity as chair of the next G20 summit, we will focus on climate energy relations and on how to achieve a rapid transition to a carbon-free future and the basis for the natural economy.
He stressed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s proposal for the carbon circular economy approach would play a significant role in the transition.
“The urgent need to reduce emissions is inevitable. This should be the focus of all efforts to combat climate change,” he added.
Japan Prime Minister
Japan Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for hosting the G20 Leaders’ Summit.
In his speech during the second side event of “Safeguarding the Planet” on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders’ Summit, the Japanese Prime Minister said that the global environmental issues are urgent challenges that the international community should address.
“We, the G20 leaders, need to take the lead and work together as a team for this great mission of ‘Safeguarding the Planet’. Japan will take the initiative while continuing further collaboration with other countries,” he added.
Australia Prime Minister
Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison stressed that the year 2020 was a severe test, and we had to focus on the moment and the immediate response to the Coronavirus.
In his speech, he pointed out that the next year will be tough because the recovery is never easy and we must have an eye to the future, and we must safeguard our planet as it is an ongoing, long term collective responsibility.
He thanked the G20 Presidency for holding this important event and providing a forum for discussing the several ways to achieve the sustainable recovery, pointing out that the G20 is in strong agreement about the importance of preserving our oceans.
Meanwhile, President of China Xi Jinping affirmed that the world shares a common destiny to tackle climate and other environmental challenges, presenting a set of thoughts to enhance the role of the G20 in this regard.
In his speech, the Chinese President said that his country announced China’s initiative to scale up its nationally determined contributions and strive to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.
He applauds the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s initiative on Circular Carbon Economy and supports the shift to low-carbon energy in the post-COVID19 era.
India Prime Minister
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reasserted the significance of preserving the Earth planet, protecting peoples as well as economies against the impacts of the COVID-19, in addition to concentrating on fighting the climate change in an integrated and comprehensive manner.
In his speech, the Indian Prime Minister also pointed out that “climate change must be fought not in silo’s – but in an integrated, comprehensive and
holistic way. This is the best time for further increasing research and innovation in new and sustainable technologies. We should do so with a spirit of cooperation and collaboration.”
“India is seeking to reduce the re-use of disposable plastic and expanding the forestation through reclaiming 26 million hectares of wastelands, by 2030, as well as encouraging the circular economy and betting on building the new generation of the infrastructures, such as metro-networks, sanitation, etc,” he concluded.
President Donald Trump of the United States of America stressed that the US and the G20 have a tremendous opportunity to continue building towards a better environment and work together to protect the environment and promote access to clean and affordable energy.
In his speech, the US President said that “we have taken terrific steps to ensure that the United States is among the cleanest countries in air and water quality in the world.” “Together, we can protect our environment, promote access to clean, affordable energy, and deliver a future of opportunity, prosperity, and hope for our nations all over the world,” he said.