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G20 summit: World leaders agree on climate deal



Leaders have agreed on a climate deal similar to the one struck in Argentina in 2018. The US has again refused to commit to tackling climate change.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday said world leaders at the G20 summit would sign a climate change deal similar to that signed in Argentina last year.

“We will have a similar text to Argentina. A 19+1 declaration,” Merkel told reporters on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in Osaka.

Merkel said the US accepted the other 19 members’ determination to fight climate change, but would not be committing themselves.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirmed that the leaders had found common ground on climate change despite “big differences” in the members’ views.

At the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires, most countries reaffirmed their commitment to the landmark 2016 Paris Agreement on tackling climate change. They declared the accord “irreversible” and committed to its “full implementation.”

The US, however, said it was committed to withdrawing from the Paris Agreement and “affirms its strong commitment to economic growth and energy access and security.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised the agreement, telling reporters in Japan that “this process cannot be turned around.”

Merkel added that some leaders present in Osaka have already indicated they are willing to increase their commitments to curb greenhouse gases by aiming for “net zero” emissions by 2050.

“In our view, climate change will determine the destiny of mankind, so it is imperative that our generation makes the right choices,” said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a news conference with his French counterpart and UN Secretary- General Antonio Guterres following the climate change talks.

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