‘Meeting climate change goals at G20 despite obstacles’

Trudeau delivered a speech as the G20 summit wrapped up on Sunday The final declaration from the G20 summit says steps have been taken to battle global warming “despite challenges” They came despite Canada’s…

'Meeting climate change goals at G20 despite obstacles'

Trudeau delivered a speech as the G20 summit wrapped up on Sunday

The final declaration from the G20 summit says steps have been taken to battle global warming “despite challenges”

They came despite Canada’s determination to see a plan that sees more than $300bn (£228bn) invested in research, development and clean energy over the next 10 years

In his final speech before leaving the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is said to have made it clear to his counterparts that he wanted “a more ambitious plan” and that Canada remained committed to fighting climate change.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the ministers accompanying the five leaders on the second leg of their visit to the South American country said “G20 countries are working to combat climate change and advance the Paris agreement”.

The statement, released after a meeting among a group of G20 finance ministers, said a number of countries had made significant strides in the fight against global warming, despite “challenges”.

The final declaration from the G20 summit also said the ministers had completed a framework for tackling any fresh restrictions on trade and that work was ongoing towards a resolution of the so-called steelgate scandal.

Trudeau flew out of Argentina on Sunday night after spending the final day of the summit putting the finishing touches to the last summit statement.

The outcome document made no mention of the rules-based multilateral trading system or North Korea’s actions, which were not mentioned on Saturday.

It said that the ministers had discussed the global economy in depth and had “made significant progress in advancing a single G20 approach in 2019”.

The declaration stressed that trade was vital for global prosperity and said the ministers had agreed to respect rules when it came to trade policy and investigate all options for delivering improved economic and social outcomes.

Trudeau was accompanied to Buenos Aires by his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, who he had shared dinner with on Saturday night before he flew back to Canada.

His schedule included a meeting with Argentine President Mauricio Macri on Saturday night and an audience with Pope Francis on Sunday morning.

The Pope stressed the importance of protecting the environment, and Trudeau told him it was “absolutely vital” for a global environmental agreement to be adopted at the COP24 global climate summit later this month.

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