Egypt hosts the 27th annual UN meeting on climate from 6 to 18 November
G20 leaders are gathering in Bali in a context of growing international tensions: the war in Ukraine and other geopolitical rivalries, a looming economic crisis in both advanced and emerging countries, increasing risks of de-globalization, and little hope of success at COP27. All this may take its toll on multilateral efforts at the G20 Summit. Which prospects for this Summit in Bali? Is there any room for cooperation on key global challenges, from environment to digitalization, from health to SDGs?
The climate has drastically changed. Not only the effects of climate change, such as extreme weather events, accelerated sea level rise and more intense heatwaves, are raging all around the world at a faster pace than previously expected, but the climate that reigns at the level of international relations is dramatically worsening as well.
Both the G7 and the G20 summit platforms arose from responses to economic and financial challenges. As a result, finance ministers have a dominant role in both the discussion and the discourse among leaders of the major economies. The Covid-19 crisis has broadened the agenda of both groups of leading countries, along with urgency of climate change and the imperative of dealing with systemic social inequalities revealed by the pandemic.
G7 leaders gather in Cornwall on June 11-13 for their most important summit since the start in 1975. They will produce a strong success, perhaps the strongest of all time.
Last year brought about new, unforeseen challenges for the global community. The Covid-19 pandemic came as an unexpected “black swan” and put abruptly under discussion our life styles, our working practices, the ways we used to do business. In a nutshell, the whole globalization paradigm, which had reached its peak, was under threat by an invisible and microscopical enemy. Today, as we are finally getting out of the most acute phase of the emergency – at least from the health point of view – we are called to a possibly even daunting challenge: how can we build back our societies better?
The G7 finance ministers and central bank governors communique of 5 June 2021 contains commendable language to ensure a “Transformative effort to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss". The critical commitment “to properly embed climate change and biodiversity loss considerations into economic and financial decision-making” now needs to be comprehensively implemented by G7 Leaders.
After a gap year, the G7 Summit is back. Joe Biden meets the other political leaders in person in the UK. Hot topics abound: from the COVID-19 vaccine distribution to climate change (with the Uk co-chairing with Italy the COP26), from trade to fiscal regulation. Other democracies have been invited to join the club: South Korea, Australia, South Africa, and India (in absentia).
United Nations peace operations promote stability and security in some of the world’s most dangerous and fragile places. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, overstretched UN peacekeepers—civilian, military, and police—were a thin blue line helping to protect civilians, support peace agreements and contain conflicts in hot spots and war zones across the globe.
Si è appena chiuso in Francia il summit G7 di Biarritz. Rispetto alle attese della vigilia, la spaccatura in un G6 +1 (Trump) sembra sia stata evitata.
What awaits the world in 2019? Will Europe fall apart in the year of elections? One decade after the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy shook the world economy, are we on the brink of a new global financial crisis? Are France’s “Yellow vests” protests a sign that the masses are now ready to take to the streets in other countries, too? Will 2019 be a turning point for Artificial Intelligence and its impact on warfare?