Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

On climate change, G20 remained G19 as this country refused to agree

On climate change, G20 remained G19 as this country refused to agree

The official said the USA delegation also held up discussion of how to manage refugees and migrants, but that the final statement is expected to mention the need to manage migration on a global level. But he added that "these meetings are useful because countries that are fighting" can focus on problems they all agree on such as WTO reform.

"This year we have focused on the following pillars: the future of work, infrastructure for development, a sustainable food future and a gender mainstreaming strategy across the G20 agenda", they said in the declaration that came after two-day G20 Summit meetings in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

One EU official told reporters that the G-20 summit's final statement is likely to reflect 19 members supporting the Paris climate accord with the USA stating its opposition to it.

The other members of the group reaffirmed their commitment to implement the Paris deal and tackle climate change, taking into account their national circumstances and relative capabilities.

The summit statement's language on climate was welcomed by environmental groups such as the World Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace, the latter of which said in a statement: "The necessity of the USA being part of the effort to fight climate change can not be denied, but this is a demonstration that the still the odd one out".

The threat of Britain crashing out of the European Union without a negotiated deal is another potential headwind, the International Monetary Fund said, as May uses the G20 to sell her vision of a "global Britain" after Brexit. "This is an important agreement".

"We will send a clear signal - in any case, most of us" - for the success of global climate talks starting in Poland on Sunday, Ms Merkel added.

"The chancellor reiterated her concern about the escalation of the Kerch Strait and her commitment to the freedom of shipping into the Sea of Azov", Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said after she met Putin on Saturday.

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US bond and options markets were also due to be closed, with energy and foreign exchange markets expected to remain open. News of his death, however, was slow to spread across the country due to limited communication and travel at the time.

Last weekend, Russian Federation seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews in an incident escalating a tug-of-war that began in 2014 when Russian Federation annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and supported separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Other hotspots such as Ukraine also flared up at the two-day summit, although Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received an effusive welcome from Putin, showing the de facto ruler still has friends despite the killing of a dissident Saudi journalist.

As soon as he arrived, bin Salman was confronted by French President Emmanuel Macron, who pressed him on the Khashoggi investigation and the Saudi-backed war in Yemen. Mr Erdogan called Mr bin Salman's response - that the crime had not been proven - "unbelievable" and complained that Saudi authorities have been unco-operative.

USA intelligence agencies concluded the Saudi prince was behind the killing. Saudi Arabia denies he played a role.

Calling the deficit "massive" and "pretty substantial", Trump said, "We hope that we're going to be balancing it very quickly".

The statement also omitted pledges by the G20 to fight protectionism and uphold multilateral trading rules, which used to be a mainstay of the world's leading economies pre-Trump.

As a reporter tweeted, Trump is expected to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping over dinner on Saturday.

Argentinian President Mauricio Macri said in his closing remarks that the participating nations overcame "a number of challenges" to reach the communiqué. "This is already something".

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