EU leaders discuss climate change and coronavirus (COVID-19) at G20 summit

EU leaders discuss climate change and coronavirus (COVID-19) at G20 summit

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and President of the European Council, Charles Michel, represented the EU at the 15th G20 Leaders' summit hosted by Saudi Arabia on 21–22 November 2020. G20 leaders discussed how to together tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact, including the COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) initiative and its COVAX facility, one of the ‘main tools’ to ensure ‘affordable and equitable access for all people globally’ to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines. They also discussed issues including climate change and agreed on a unified paragraph in the G20 Riyadh Declaration.

President von der Leyen said that global leaders must step up preparedness, as a lesson learned from the coronavirus crisis. She also stated that to ‘build back a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient world we also need to step up actions to fight climate change.’

Sources:

• G20 Summit: G20 leaders united to address major global pandemic and economic challenges

• Presidents von der Leyen and Michel present the EU priorities for the G20 Leaders' Summit 

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