Trudeau joins G20 pledge to fight climate change, give COVID-19 aid to poor countries

Trudeau joins G20 pledge to fight climate change, give COVID-19 aid to poor countries

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined leaders from the world’s 20 richest nations on Sunday in a promise to work together to keep trade flowing, fight climate change and provide COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries.

The promises are contained in a final communique issued by G20 leaders at the end of two days of largely closed-door virtual discussions ostensibly focused on co-ordinating an international response to the pandemic.

Despite the pledges, however, experts say the summit represented a missed opportunity for addressing the biggest issues facing the world today — in part because most of the commitments are not new.

Read more: G20 leaders call for united response to coronavirus pandemic as summit opens

The promises also do not come with any new money, including for vaccines in Africa and elsewhere, while the communique made no mention of human rights _ despite the summit having been hosted by Saudi Arabia.

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Trudeau did raise human rights with his counterparts throughout the virtual summit, according to the Prime Minister’s Office. He also pushed leaders on climate change, free trade and equal access to vaccines and other COVID-19 support for all people.

“Only together can we tackle the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow, and create a more resilient world that works for everyone,” Trudeau said in a statement after the meeting.

“The G20 virtual leaders’ summit was an opportunity to expand global efforts to fight COVID-19, restore economic growth, and combat climate change.”…

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