G20 Reach Agreement on Joint Declaration, US Goes Own Way on Climate
G20 Reach Agreement on Joint Declaration, US Goes Own Way on Climate. At the summit in Buenos Aires, the G20 countries have gathered about word use and formulated a joint statement after more than 50 hours.
That is what the president of the presiding country of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, said. “We can all be satisfied and congratulate ourselves for making important agreements.”
Significant compromises, such as trade, climate and migration, had to be made with far-reaching commitments, or some countries fell out of the boat.
All countries except the United States, for example, reiterate the 2015 climate agreement in Paris. US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the US from the deal.
Regarding trade, the European Union wanted among other things that the text explicitly called for protectionism. That did not make the final statement because the US only agreed when a paragraph was added stating that protection tools should be introduced to combat “unfair trade practices”. In that paragraph, China could not find itself again.
In the migration theme, the US insisted that no substantive statements be made and only refer to an OECD report and planned measures under the upcoming G20 presidency of Japan.