Boris Johnson wants G20 to 'harness collective ingenuity' to tackle Covid and climate change

will urge G20 leaders to take more ambitious action to defeat the Covid pandemic and address climate change, saying: “Our fates are in each other’s hands.” 

Speaking ahead of the virtual summit, being hosted by Saudi Arabia, the Prime Minister said all nations “must hold ourselves to account” to the promise made in March, which was to do “whatever it takes to overcome the pandemic and protect lives and livelihoods”. 

He added: “If we harness the collective ingenuity and resources of the G20, we can chart a path out of the pandemic and build a better, greener future.”

Mr Johnson, who thanked King Salman “for the Kingdom’s leadership of the G20 in turbulent times”, said: “We have seen encouraging developments on vaccines in the last few weeks, which may offer a path out of the gloom. The UK has committed to equitable global access for any vaccine, and I would like to see the G20 nations collectively step up and support that effort.”

On Saturday, Mr Johnson will use a session on Overcoming the Pandemic and Restoring Growth and Jobs to highlight the UK’s commitment to equitable global access for coronavirus vaccines. He will also encourage other leaders to step up and support the Covax initiative, to ensure developing countries are not frozen out of the race for a vaccine.

The summit, which will take place over two days, will hold sessions to discuss how to drive the global recovery from coronavirus and “build back better”. 

On Sunday, Mr Johnson will welcome recent Net Zero commitments from a number of G20 countries at a session on Building an Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Future, and will call on others to make the same pledge. 

Ahead of the Climate Ambition Summit co-hosted by the UK next month, he will warn that states risk failing future generations if they do not take bold steps to reduce their emissions.

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