Climate action is expected to be a key point of discussion at the annual G20 Summit. The meeting is in Hamburg, Germany on 7-8 July, 2017.
Critical time for global climate leadership
This year’s G20 Summit comes at a critical time, when the world has the first global plan to address climate change in the form of the Paris Agreement.
A key measures of success of this year’s G20 summit will be the clarity and strength of the signal given by G20 leaders to show their commitment to act on climate change. Specifically, a signal on the implementation of the global climate Paris Agreement, we believe, must be provided loud and clear to encourage all nations, investors, businesses and local leaders to accelerate the transformation to a low-carbon climate-resilient economy.
We are in the midst of a global socio-economic transformation, one that will shape our national economies, our people’s well-being and global partnerships for years to come. Climate change will directly affect the world’s development trajectory. The decisiveness with which world leaders address climate change today will ultimately affect our collective ability to generate global prosperity.
Implementing the Paris Agreement will not only help us avoid a catastrophic acceleration of climate change towards which we are otherwise headed, but it will also generate prosperity worldwide. This will be based on new business opportunities tied to clean technologies, new, green and decent jobs, health benefits for our citizens, access to clean, renewable energy and a more sustainable lifestyle.
We support the Paris Agreement’s call to all actors – governments, businesses, investors, cities, academia and civil society- to take part in this transformation. And we are forging ahead, pursuing climate actions that can accelerate the implementation of national targets at home, and build the momentum for climate action globally.
Strong political leadership needed to enable climate implementation
However, we still need strong political leadership by world leaders in the G20 and other key global fora to create right enabling conditions to invest and take action to promote rapid decarbonisation
The G20 countries collectively account for 85% of world GDP and two-thirds of its population , we are looking to their leaders to champion a strong implementation of the Paris Agreement in this G20 summit and beyond.
We are calling on them to stand strong and demonstrate solidarity with the global consensus on the need for climate action, by:
- Championing strong climate language in the Summit Communique, including explicit support for the Paris Agreement and a concrete action plan to take forward climate and energy policies;
- Supporting collaboration with other countries and non-State actors to accelerate and scale up global efforts to meet climate goals;
- Using the opportunity of the G20 spotlight to speak out in support of the Paris Agreement and the need for accelerated climate action.
Their climate leadership has never been more critical, and we stand committed to play our part in the road ahead.
We are #StrongerTogether4Climate.
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal is the leader of WWF’s global Climate & Energy Practice. He is based in Berlin, Germany. firstname.lastname@example.org