Greta Thunberg riceve un'accoglienza da rockstar alla COP26: Teenage eco-activist arrives by train in Glasgow and is escorted outside by a police guard as thousands of eco-activists plan to cause chaos
Greta Thunberg received a rockstar reception as she arrived in Glasgow by train before being escorted by police guard ahead of the Cop26 summit, as world leaders prepare to discuss the climate crisis in the coming weeks.
The Swedish activist arrived at Glasgow Central station on Saturday evening at around 6.40pm, having taken a train from London, Euston, ahead of the international conference that begins formally on Sunday, with a summit of 120 dignitaries and heads of state starting the following day.
Activists from around the world are expected to cause chaos at the climate summit, with organisers expecting up to 100,000 people at a major demonstration Friday requiring a heavy police presence. Demonstrators are calling on world leaders to take steps to prevent global temperatures from rising by more than 1.5C degrees.
After leaving the train, Ms Thunberg was surrounded by police and other activists as she made her way around the station. She later took to Twitter to announce her arrival, la scrittura: ‘Finally in Glasgow for the #COP26! And than you for the very warm welcome,’ along with a picture of her descending an escalator through the crowds.
She travelled to Scotland after she took part in a demonstration outside a bank in London on Friday.
Là, she was also mobbed by other climate change activists at the protest outside the Standard Chartered headquarters, as they lobbied against the global financial system supporting the use of fossil fuels.
As Ms Thunberg was escorted through the station and the excited crowds, video footage picked up members of her group swearing at photographers. One Scottish man was heard asking her ‘are you happy to in Glasgow,’ to which one of her minders was heard replying: ‘Get a life!’
Anche altri attivisti per il clima provenienti da tutta Europa sono arrivati alla stazione su un "treno per il clima" appositamente noleggiato’ di sabato sera. Sono stati accolti con canti e striscioni dai gruppi riuniti nella stazione.
Più di 100 capi, including Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden, are set to attend the summit, which is considered pivotal in the fight against climate change.
Greta’s arrival in Glasgow ahead of Cop26 comes as…
- Pilgrimage groups have already marched through Scotland’s second largest city ahead of the summit
- Il Daily Mail reported yesterday that eco-warriors are plotting to exploit gaps in Scottish law to wreak havoc in the city as Cop26 commences to put pressure on world leaders
- There is a growing alarm among officials at the potential chaos from activists as police brace for the ‘most complex and complicated policing operation ever seen in Britain’
- The £100million policing operation at Cop26 represents the biggest police deployment on record in the UK
- Downing Street said Cop26 will be one of the biggest events the UK has ever hosted
- Speaking on Saturday, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Cop26 could be the ‘world’s moment of truth’, as he urged leaders to use the Glasgow summit to bring about an end to climate change
- Signor Johnson, who is due to fly from the G20 in Rome to Glasgow on Sunday evening, disse: ‘Cop26 will be the world’s moment of truth
- A few dozen protesters demanding that government leaders take incisive action on climate change had to be carried away by police from the main boulevard near the G-20 summit site in Rome
- Dentro, Boris Johnson looked as if he had to be held back by Canadian PM Justin Trudeau when he saw French President Emmanuel Macron at the G20 summit
- The photograph appeared to suggest the two world leaders were about to come to blows over the rising tensions caused by the fisheries row, escalated when France detained a fishing trawler earlier this week
Greta Thunberg è arrivata a Glasgow in vista del vertice Cop26, mentre i leader mondiali si preparano a discutere della crisi climatica
Di sabato sera, Ms Thunberg tweeted: ‘Finally in Glasgow for the #COP26! And than you for the very warm welcome’, along with a picture of her surrounded by fellow activists and police officer
L'attivista svedese è arrivato sabato sera alla stazione centrale di Glasgow, avendo preso un treno da Londra Euston
Anche altri attivisti per il clima provenienti da tutta Europa sono arrivati alla stazione su un "treno per il clima" appositamente noleggiato’ di sabato sera
Nicola Sturgeon takes part in ceremony with indigenous Americans ahead of COP26
The First Minister took part in the ceremonial event with the Minga Indigena delegates at the international arts space Tramway in the Scottish city on Saturday.
She was joined by Panchita Calfin, a traditional healer from Patagonia, Chile, as well as Gloria Ushigua, coordinator of the Sapara women’s organisation in Ecuador and Nashieeli Valencia, an indigenous rights defender from the Zapoteca peoples, Messico.
The event started with a brief introduction, followed by a gift exchange and a ceremonial welcome.
The First Minister and indigenous leaders then mixed water from Scotland and Patagonia, Chile, together which Ms Sturgeon was given as a token of their meeting.
Speaking about the event Ms Sturgeon said: ‘I’m delighted to welcome the Minga Indigena to my home city for Cop26.
‘As representatives of indigenous peoples and the Global South, they have an important message to convey on behalf of those least responsible for the global climate emergency, who are often first and most severely affected by its consequences.
Ms Thunberg is expected to take part in other demonstrations during the two-week summit in Glasgow.
There will be a march through the city on November 5, organised by Fridays for Future Scotland – the Scottish branch of the movement inspired by her activism. The march is planned to go through the city’s George Square.
The activist also extended an invitation to ScotRail and Glasgow’s refuse workers that had originally planned to go on strike during the Cop26 summit.
She is also expected to speak at a rally taking place on Saturday hosted by the Cop26 Coalition.
però, Ms Thunberg has said her formal participation in the summit itself is uncertain.
In a preview for his BBC One show on Sunday, Andrew Marr asked Ms Thunberg if she had been invited to Cop26, and she responded: 'Non lo so. It’s very unclear. Not officially. ‘I think that many people might be scared that if they invite too many radical young people, then that might make them look bad.’
Ms Thunberg, who has become one of the most recognisable faces of the climate movement, è uno dei 100,000 people expected to descend of Glasgow for Cop26.
Pilgrimage groups have already marched through Glasgow as protests ramp up ahead of Cop26, while the Daily Mail reported yesterday that eco warriors are plotting to exploit gaps in Scottish law to wreak havoc.
In giro 400 climate activists sized up potential loopholes during a meeting promoted by Ribellione di estinzione (XR) all'inizio di questa settimana. Conspirators noted a recent High Court Injunction banning road blockades does not apply in Scotland – and that officers will be ‘overwhelmed’ by the scale of the protests.
It was also hinted protesters with charges against their name in England may get a blank canvas across the border as forces ‘don’t always communicate to each other’.
It comes amid growing alarm within rank-and-file officers about the potential for chaos as police brace for the ‘most complex and complicated policing operation ever seen in Britain’.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg is mobbed by a crowd as she walks after arriving at Glasgow Central Station ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) a Glasgow, Scozia, Britain October 30, 2021
Climate activist Greta Thunberg walks after arriving at Glasgow Central Station ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) a Glasgow, Scozia, Britain October 30, 2021
Greta Thunberg at Euston Station in London ahead of boarding a train to Glasgow where the Cop26 summit is taking place from Monday. Data immagine: Saturday October 30, 2021
Archbishop of Canterbury warns Cop26 outcome is ‘life or death’ for millions of people
The Archbishop of Canterbury has said the outcome of the Cop26 climate summit will be ‘life or death for millions of people’.
Justin Welby said the talks, due to begin in Glasgow on Sunday, are ’emergency surgery’ for the world and leaders must deliver for ‘the whole human family’.
Dr Welby, who worked in the oil industry before being ordained, is due to visit the summit on Monday and will meet with groups including young members of the Anglican community and indigenous people.
He warned radical action is needed but said there is still time to ‘save our world from the worst of the catastrophe’.
Egli ha detto: ‘The Cop26 climate talks are emergency surgery for our world and its people.
‘The outcome will be life or death for millions of people. That’s how seriously we must take this moment.
‘The eyes of the world are on Glasgow: leaders must deliver for the whole human family. We can, and must, choose life, so that our children may live.
‘If these talks do not deliver, we face a dark, disturbing future – but there is still time, appena, to save our world from the worst of the catastrophe.
‘This is a chance to start living in a way that is healthier, figli, and better for everyone.’
The Church of England has divested from coal companies and says it will pull investment by 2023 from oil and gas firms that are not on a pathway to zero emissions.
It has also led the way on an initiative now supported by investors with funds worth 40 trillion US dollars to assess companies’ climate performance.
Dr Welby said he hopes the plight of communities most affected by climate change will be highlighted at Cop26.
‘It is their voices that I hope are heard, along with those of everyone on the burning front lines of climate injustice: the poorest, most vulnerable, and marginalised people already living with droughts, floods and vanishing natural resources,’ Egli ha detto.
Migliaia di attivisti si sono riuniti nella più grande città della Scozia questo fine settimana per far conoscere le loro preoccupazioni sul cambiamento climatico ai leader mondiali che saranno al tavolo dei negoziati.
Attendees had come from far and wide including several other European countries, with some having walked long distances, to voice their frustrations at UN conference.
Alcuni manifestanti hanno iniziato a far sentire la loro voce intorno a mezzogiorno di sabato, compresi i membri di Ocean Rebellion che guidavano una "sirena morta"’ dimostrazione, con attivisti che giacciono ancora impigliati in reti e rifiuti vicino al Clyde a Glasgow per aumentare la consapevolezza della perdita di vita marina.
Membri di Extinction Rebellion (XR) Fede, artisti e altri gruppi di pellegrinaggio che hanno camminato per migliaia di chilometri fino a Glasgow si sono uniti in processione per il centro della città sabato.
L'evento è stato detto di essere una "cerimonia di apertura"’ a una serie di azioni dirette non violente in programma a Glasgow, in tutto il Regno Unito e nel mondo durante la convenzione sul cambiamento climatico delle Nazioni Unite.
La processione è iniziata alle 14:00 al McLennan Arch a Glasgow Green, dove "Blue Rebels" di XR Scotland’ formò una guardia d'onore per i pellegrini.
Tra coloro che arrivavano in città c'era Marcha Glasgow, un gruppo di attivisti spagnoli che ha preso un traghetto da Bilbao a Portsmouth per intraprendere un'escursione di 30 giorni a Glasgow.
I membri di Camino to Cop26 hanno camminato da Londra e Bristol a Glasgow in poco meno di due mesi.
I giovani attivisti del Christian Climate Network sono arrivati in città sabato dopo aver camminato 1,200 miglia dalla Cornovaglia.
Il pellegrinaggio ecumenico per la giustizia climatica è arrivato a Glasgow dalla Polonia, Svezia e Germania – e Pilgrimage for Cop26 ha camminato da Dunbar a Glasgow.
Gli artisti di Glasgow Zoe Walker e Neil Bromwich hanno sfilato con il Serpent of Capitalism, un'opera scultorea di 30 metri accanto ai gruppi di pellegrinaggio.
Alex Cochrane, di XR Glasgow, disse: 'Cop26 deve porre fine a un crescente crimine contro l'umanità da parte dei governi ricchi in cui il sud del mondo viene sacrificato per sopportare il peso dei ricchi del nord del mondo, stili di vita ad alta intensità di carbonio.
‘Accogliamo i pellegrini della fede – e nessuna fede – che stanno camminando per Cop26 per chiedere ai governi di camminare anche per il sud del mondo.’
Estate Ashmawi, di XR Pellegrino, disse: "I paesi di tutto il mondo stanno già subendo le conseguenze delle nostre emissioni storiche in Occidente", e i piccoli stati insulari come le Maldive saranno sommersi dall'innalzamento dei mari se non verrà intrapresa alcuna azione immediata sul clima.
‘Come persone di fede abbiamo il dovere spirituale di prenderci cura di coloro che sono meno fortunati di noi, quindi abbiamo usato questa passeggiata per raccogliere fondi per gli attivisti in paesi finanziariamente svantaggiati che sono già colpiti, per consentire loro di partecipare a questa conversazione da soli.’
Gli attivisti di Ocean Rebellion organizzano una protesta contro la pesca a strascico vicino allo Scottish Event Center (SEC) a Glasgow
I manifestanti di Extinction Rebellion prendono parte alla protesta per il cambiamento climatico a Glasgow, La Scozia in vista dell'inizio della COP26, Sabato
Environmental activists stage a protest ahead of the Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow, 30 ottobre 2021
Attivisti in marcia durante una “Processione dei pellegrini”, una cerimonia di apertura di una serie di azioni dirette non violente organizzate da Extinction Rebellion
Attivisti in marcia durante una “Processione dei pellegrini”, una cerimonia di apertura di una serie di azioni dirette non violente organizzate da Extinction Rebellion
Painted artwork is placed alongside the River Clyde ahead of the COP26 climate summit on October 30, 2021 a Glasgow
Police outriders practice their vehicle escort drills ahead of the COP26 climate summit on October 30, 2021 a Glasgow
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon took part in the ceremonial event with the Minga Indigena delegates at the international arts space Tramway in the Scottish city on Saturday. Ms Sturgeon and indigenous leaders then mixed water from Scotland and Patagonia, Chile, together which Ms Sturgeon was given as a token of their meeting
The £100million ring of steel at Cop26 in Glasgow is the police’s BIGGEST ever deployment
The £100million policing operation at Cop26 represents the biggest deployment of officers on record in the UK – larger than the London Olympics and the recent G7 summit in Cornwall.
Una media di 10,000 officers from Police Scotland and forces around Britain will be on duty every day for three weeks, with the UK Government picking up the bill.
A ring of steel is being erected around the conference site on the north bank of the River Clyde as security forces brace for threats to the heads of state in attendance and potential disruption from climate change protesters.
E la polizia schiererà persino agenti appositamente addestrati dotati di dispositivi ad alta tecnologia in grado di abbattere droni canaglia usando impulsi elettromagnetici.
La polizia si aspetta di fare 300 arresti al giorno ma fonti avvisano se il numero diventa molto più alto, le suite di custodia saranno sopraffatte.
Nel frattempo, a report revealed last week almost half of Scotland’s police officers have experienced high levels of fatigue in the previous fortnight, which does not bode well for a three-week conference during which many will have to work 12-hour shifts.
Scotland’s lawyers have also vowed to boycott weekend custody courts amid an ongoing row over legal aid cuts. This means the justice system could be plunged into chaos by the sheer number of people arrested at the event.
American President Joe Biden is among more than 100 world leaders expected to attend the event.
The summit will also feature a climate rally in Glasgow that could be attended by more than 150,000 persone.
Tens of thousands of delegates from 193 member states and four observer states will attend the summit, with the SEC conference venue designated a ‘blue zone’ – meaning it will be policed by the UN, with Scottish police only allowed to enter if there is a threat to life.
Le marce arrivano il giorno prima che i leader mondiali si incontrino a Glasgow per la cruciale conferenza sul clima in cui i paesi sono sotto pressione per discutere e aumentare la loro ambizione di affrontare la crisi climatica.
Di venerdì, Gli attivisti di Ocean Rebellion hanno versato “petrolio”’ di fronte alla sede della Cop26 di Glasgow in segno di protesta prima dell'evento.
Altri quattro manifestanti XR si sono chiusi al Memorial Gates dell'Università di Glasgow usando lucchetti per biciclette per chiedere che l'establishment adotti il Green New Deal – una strategia per il clima sviluppata da studenti e personale dell'università.
Il capo della polizia scozzese Iain Livingstone, L'ufficiale di polizia più anziano della Scozia, ha detto che la sua forza risponderà "rapidamente e con forza"’ ai manifestanti che cercano di interrompere il vertice.
Ha detto che la forza – insieme a 7,000 ufficiali di altre parti del Regno Unito che sono stati inviati in Scozia per aiutare la polizia Cop26 – era "pronto per le sfide che ci attendono".
Speaking on Saturday, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Cop26 could be the ‘world’s moment of truth’, as he urged leaders to use the Glasgow summit to bring about an end to climate change.
With the United Nations summit due to get under way on Sunday, the Prime Minister pressed fellow world leaders to seize the moment and deliver on the target of preventing global temperatures from rising by more than 1.5C degrees above pre-industrial levels.
Downing Street said Cop26 will be one of the biggest events the UK has ever hosted, con 25,000 delegates expected from 196 countries and the European Union.
ministri, climate negotiators, civil society and business leaders are set to take part in talks and debates over the course of the two-week conference.
Signor Johnson, who is due to fly from the G20 in Rome to Glasgow on Sunday evening, disse: ‘Cop26 will be the world’s moment of truth.
‘The question everyone is asking is whether we seize this moment or let it slip away. I hope world leaders will hear them and come to Glasgow ready to answer them with decisive action.
‘Together, we can mark the beginning of the end of climate change – and end the uncertainty once and for all.’
The Conservative Party leader has not struck an optimistic tone in the lead-up to the conference, repeating in interviews while in the Italian capital that he still rated the chances of success in Scotland as no more than six out of 10.
Di sabato, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured with France’s Emannuel Macron) said that Cop26 could be the ‘world’s moment of truth’, as he urged leaders to use the Glasgow summit to bring about an end to climate change
A demonstrator wears a death mask during environmental protests at G20
Police in riot gear clear the road by moving the Climate Camp activists
US officials taste haggis ahead of Cop26
A group of US officials have enjoyed a tasting menu of Scottish cuisine, including Irn Bru and haggis, ahead of the Cop26 summit in Glasgow.
The charge d’affaires at the US embassy in London, Philip Reeker, shared a video on Twitter of himself and fellow representatives whetting their appetites with an array of delicacies, including square sausage and Cranachan.
‘That’s not a bad soda,’ said Mr Reeker as he sipped a glass of Glasgow-brewed Irn Bru.
Other delights enjoyed by the American team include cullen skink – a soup made from smoked haddock, potatoes and onions – which the testers said ‘looks like an omelette’ but tasted ‘fabulous’.
Haggis was similarly well received, but when told it contains sheep’s heart, lungs and liver, Mr Reeker responded: ‘You probably shouldn’t sell it with that.’
Confronted with a deep-fried Mars bar, the officials seemed bemused by an apparent similarity between American and Scottish tastes, with one proclaiming: ‘Wait a minute… this is Scottish?’
One official felt there was room for improvement for square sausage, suggesting it could be accompanied by cheese or avocado.
The culinary adventure comes ahead of two weeks in Glasgow for the US officials and did not go unnoticed by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
‘Enjoying the best of (Scotland Food and Drink) – grazie (Mr Reeker),’ Ms Sturgeon tweeted.
‘Wishing you a warm welcome to COP26 in Glasgow.’
The Cop26 summit is aiming to urge countries to advance their net-zero commitments to the middle of the century and reduce emissions rapidly over the next decade through commitments on phasing out coal, switching to electric cars and planting trees.
Developed nations are also being urged to stump up the finance – 100 billion US dollars (£73 billion) per annum – needed by poorer nations to deal with climate change.
Numero 10 said there is also a need to finalise the Paris Agreement at the event.
The summit timetable will see the Prime Minister host an opening ceremony attended by dignitaries including the Prince of Wales, before giving a speech on Monday.
Charles and Sir David Attenborough, the Cop26 People’s Advocate, will be among those to also address world leaders as British environmental advocates.
The theme of the opening ceremony, due to take place at midday, is ‘Earth to Cop’, which Downing Street said would deliver a message from the people for leaders to heed warnings and advance progress to tackle climate change.
On Monday evening, the Prime Minister will host a reception to welcome world leaders to Glasgow, alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall.
The Queen will address the delegates in a pre-recorded video after she was told by doctors to avoid the summit and rest following a hospital visit last week.
At the reception, guests will be offered refreshments of traditional Scottish canapes, Ridgeview vintage English sparkling wine and Cop26 blended whisky supplied by the Scotch Whisky Association.
Guests will enjoy music from a string quartet and brass quintet from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Nel frattempo, a few dozen protesters demanding that government leaders take incisive action on cambiamento climatico have been carried away by police from the main boulevard near the G-20 summit site in Rome.
Hours before the leaders of the United States, Gran Bretagna, Francia and other economic powerhouse nations arrived on Saturday for the start of the two-day gathering, the activists blocked the road, holding banners, including one that read, ‘From Rome to Glasgow, your solutions are the problem.’
Some wore death masks and others played soccer with a ball symbolizing the planet’s health on the first day of the summit where climate concerns are a top issue for many of the world leaders in attendance.
Let me at him, Trudeau! Boris looks as if he’s being held back by Canadian PM when he sees Macron at G20 – after vowing legal action over fisheries row as French fishermen call Brits ‘pirates’
Dentro, as world leaders posed for photographs at the G20 summit, Boris Johnson looked as if he had to be held back by Canadian PM Justin Trudeau when he saw French President Emmanuel Macron at the G20 summit.
As the Channel fisheries row continues to intensify the PM and French President came face-to-face in Rome for a group photo of world leaders.
One hilarious image seemed to capture the moment Mr Trudeau held onto Mr Johnson’s arm as they made their way onto the platform.
The photograph appeared to suggest the two world leaders were about to come to blows over the rising tensions caused by the fisheries row.
Mr Macron grinned as European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen directed Mr Johnson to his spot.
In a round of broadcast interviews this morning, Mr Johnson warned the UK could trigger legal repercussions in the post-Brexit trade agreement as soon as next week.
But the chief of Calais port insisted this morning that Britain faces ‘disaster’ if Mr Macron follows through on a threat to block British trawlers from French ports.
French President Emmanuel Macron laughs as Boris Johnson is helped up the stage as he arrives for the group photo of world leaders at the La Nuvola conference center in Rome
Fishermen stand aboard the British trawler Cornelis-Gert Jan docked in the northern French port of Le Havre as it waits to be given permission to leave today
In the latest stoking of the row, French counterparts have claimed the British trawler-men arrested for allegedly fishing in French waters without a licence are ‘pirates’ who ‘deserve everything they get’ for endangering the fish-stock.
Emmanuel Montard criticised the UK scallop boats for jeopardising the livelihoods of future generations by over-fishing in the waters on the Normandy coast.
The 54-year-old trawler-man is one of dozens of residents of picturesque Port en Bessin, where family have been fishing for scallops for generations.
Standing on the dock of the Normandy port he told of his anger, detto: ‘These British fishermen who come into our waters and work without a licence are pirates and deserve everything they get from French justice.’
Nel frattempo, French PM Jean Castex has written to Ms von der Leyen seeking backing for a new hardline stance against the UK.
Paris has so far threatened to increase checks on British boats, to initiate a ‘go-slow’ strategy with Calais customs arrangements, stop UK fishing vessels from landing in French ports and to increase tariffs on energy bills in Jersey.
They are demanding that Britain grants more licences to French fishermen to access British waters.
Mr Johnson and Mr Macron are holding talks about the Iran nuclear programme along with Joe Biden and Angela Merkel in Rome this afternoon – and will meet one-on-one at the summit tomorrow.
Asked if there was a sense of ‘de ja vu’ after he and Mr Macron clashed over Brexi at the G7 summit earlier this year, Mr Johnson insisted he wasn’t worried about the ongoing feud and said he’s got ‘bigger fish to fry’.
G20 leaders endorse global minimum tax and pledge to send more victims to the world’s poorer countries
Leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies endorsed on Saturday a global minimum tax aimed at stopping big business from hiding profits in tax havens, and also agreed to get more COVID vaccines to poorer nations.
Attending their first in-person summit in two years, G20 leaders broadly backed calls to extend debt relief for impoverished countries and pledged to vaccinate 70% of the world’s population against COVID-19 by mid-2022.
però, with a crucial U.N. climate conference due to start in just two days, the G20 appeared to be struggling to throw its weight behind the sort of strong new measures that scientists say are needed to avert calamitous global warming.
Italia, hosting the gathering in Rome, put health and the economy at the top of the agenda for the first day of the meeting, with the more difficult climate discussions set for Sunday.
Underscoring the way the coronavirus crisis has up-ended the world, doctors in white coats and Red Cross workers joined the leaders for their traditional ‘family’ photograph — a tribute to the sacrifices and efforts of medics across the globe.
Addressing the opening of the meeting, being held in a steel and glass convention centre, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said governments had to work together to face up to the formidable challenges facing their peoples.
‘From the pandemic, to climate change, to fair and equitable taxation, going it alone is simply not an option,’ Draghi said.
The corporate tax deal was hailed as a evidence of renewed multilateral coordination, with major corporations facing a minimum 15% tax wherever they operate from 2023 to prevent them from shielding their profits in off-shore entities.
‘This is more than just a tax deal â it’s diplomacy reshaping our global economy and delivering for our people,’ NOI. President Joe Biden wrote on Twitter.
With the world roiled by rising energy prices and stretched supply chains, Biden was expected to urge G20 energy producers with spare capacity to boost production, notably Russia and Saudi Arabia, to ensure a stronger global economic recovery, a senior U.S. administration official said.
Like many of the other G20 leaders in Italy, Biden will fly straight to Glasgow on Sunday for the United Nations’ climate summit, known as COP26, which is seen as crucial to addressing the threat of rising temperatures.
The G20 bloc, which includes Brazil, Cina, India, Germany and the United States, accounts for an estimated 80% delle emissioni globali di gas serra, but hopes the Rome meeting might pave the way to success in Scotland have dimmed considerably.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin both decided to follow events only via video link and diplomats looking to seal a meaningful accord said both countries, as well as India, were resisting ambitious new climate goals.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged the G20 and COP26 talks would be difficult, but warned that without courageous action, world civilisation could collapse as swiftly as the ancient Roman empire, ushering in a new Dark Age.
‘It’s going to be very, very tough to get the agreement we need,’ ha detto ai giornalisti, standing next to the ruins of the Colosseum amphitheatre – a symbol of once mighty Rome.
A draft communique seen by Reuters said G20 countries will step up their efforts to limit global warming at 1.5 gradi centigradi – the level scientists have said is necessary to avoid disastrous new climate patterns.
The document also acknowledges that current national plans on how to curb harmful emissions will have to be strengthened, but offered little detail on how this should be done.
Inoltre, the leaders are set to pledge to halt financing of overseas coal-fired power generation by the end of this year, and to ‘do our utmost’ to stop building new coal power plants before the end of the 2030s.
Apparently relishing in-person diplomacy after months of relative isolation, the leaders held numerous meetings on the sidelines, including discussions between the United States, Gran Bretagna, Germany and France on Iran’s nuclear programme.
‘It is great to see all of you here, after a difficult few years for the global community,’ Draghi said, catching the largely upbeat mood amongst those present.
Far from the conference centre, known as ‘The Cloud’, several thousand protesters staged a loud, but peaceful demonstration in the city centre to demand action to stem climate change.
‘We are holding this protest for environmental and social issues and against the G20, which continues undaunted on a path that has almost led us to social and ecological failure,’ said protester Edoardo Mentrasti.
Reporting by Reuters.