According to an analysis by the World Commission on the Economy and Climate, ambitious measures to combat climate change could generate economic benefits of $26 trillion by 2030, create 65 million jobs by 2030 and prevent 700,000 premature deaths from air pollution. At the G20 climate meeting, Chinese President Xi Jinping called on the group to respect the agreement. “We avoided backing down… But we have to go much further,” Macron said in Japan, after 19 members of the group signed a declaration confirming the Paris agreement on climate change without the United States. Even before the summit began, differences of opinion on the critical issue emerged when President Emmanuel Macron said that France would not accept a final text that would not be the subject of the Paris agreement. In a statement issued after a two-day summit in the western city of Osaka, Japan, the group of “signatories to the Paris Agreement” reaffirmed its commitment to fully implement the fight against climate change, referring to the 19 members other than the United States. On Sunday, U.S. President Donald Trump violated the Paris climate agreement and told world leaders at the G20 summit that the pact harmed U.S. citizens. “We can only avoid globally changing climate change with the G20 countries` total commitment to a carbon-free future.
So far, they haven`t done enough,” said Inger Andersen, UNEP Executive Director. “But the good news is that every G20 nation has a set of appropriate national measures to reduce its emissions. Combined with strong political and social support for climate action, there has never been a better opportunity for policy makers to take these steps. Japan welcomes G20 leaders to climate change summit After a complex resolution process, the United States formally left the Paris Agreement on November 4. “We believe that climate change will determine the fate of humanity, so it is essential that our generation makes the right decisions,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a press conference with his French counterpart and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres after the climate talks. The 19 signatories agreed on the “irreversibility” of the climate treaty signed in Paris in 2015 and pledged to “fully implement it.” All G20 members on Saturday reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris climate agreement, with the exception of the United States.