Hamburg G20 summit “major success” for multilateralism – Merkel advisor
The joint communiqué from July’s G20 summit in Hamburg was a “major success” for multilateralism, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s economic advisor and G20 sherpa Lars-Henrik Röller said at an event on the sidelines of the UN climate conference in Bonn. The summit also “helped bring climate more soundly into the context of the G20 process”, Röller said. At the end of the summit, US President Donald Trump agreed to a final communiqué that included a 19:1 resolution on the Paris Climate Agreement, isolating the US. “It was not an easy year, and next year is not going to be any easier in terms of multilateral approaches,” Röller said, referring to next year’s G20 summit under the Argentinian presidency. Pedro Villagra Delgado, the Argentinian G20 sherpa, said the agenda adopted in Hamburg must continue, as would the agenda resulting from COP23 in Bonn.
For background, read the CLEW article Isolating Trump, 19 G20-members say Paris climate deal "irreversible" for an overview of the summit, and check out CLEW’s complete dossier on the Hamburg summit.