G7 Summit: Rich Countries and Their Climate Promises

Watch a recording or read the transcript of our press briefing with two climate diplomacy veterans ahead of the G7 meeting of world leaders that will focus on the climate crisis.

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Watch a recording and read a transcript of the briefing here.

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Leaders of the Group of 7 nations, the richest per capita on earth, will meet in Britain next week prior to the UN climate summit in November. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, host of the event, and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres have said they will press G7 leaders at the June 11 to 13 meeting to fulfill their Paris Agreement obligations.

In the Paris Agreement, rich nations pledged to provide $100 billion a year to help poor nations quit fossil fuels and cope with climate impacts. This, because poor countries suffer disproportionately from a climate emergency they had virtually no role in creating. Providing these funds is not only a moral issue but a scientific imperative in order to limit temperature rise to the Paris goal of 1.5 C, according to a recent International Energy Agency report.To date, rich nations have not delivered the pledged financing, leaving poor nations unable to transition quickly enough to clean energy or to protect themselves from worsening climate impacts.

Ahead of the G7 summit, CCNow has invited two distinguished experts to brief journalists on this essential but often overlooked aspect of climate politics:

Saleemul Huq is the director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Dhaka and a professor at the Independent University Bangladesh; he helped train diplomats from the global South who inserted the 1.5 C goal in the Paris Agreement.

Rachel Kyte is the dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University in Boston; she was the World Bank Group’s special envoy to the Paris Agreement negotiations and later a special representative of the UN Secretary General.

Join us at 10am US Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 9, for 60 minutes of informative discussion by RSVPing here! The event will be moderated by Mark Hertsgaard, the executive director of Covering Climate Now.