The G20 discusses climate action strategies in Puerto Iguazú

Officials from G20 member and guest countries are taking part in the Second Meeting of the Climate Sustainability Working Group.

Working towards strategies for climate action, the Second Meeting of the Climate Sustainability Working Group (CSWG) started today in the north-eastern Argentine city of Puerto Iguazú, Misiones.  The agenda includes tackling adaptation to climate change, creating long-term strategies and mechanisms for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mobilizing climate finance flows.

“We are working towards reaching agreements that promote a fairer and more sustainable world,” said Sergio Bergman, Argentine Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, in his opening remarks at Meliá Iguazú Hotel.

Minister Bergman’s speech was followed by presentations by Carlos Gentile, CSWG Chair and Argentine Secretary for Climate Change and Sustainable Development; Isabelle Bérard, CSWG Co-Chair and Canadian Assistant Deputy Minister of the Environment and Climate Change; Jochen Flasbarth, Secretary of State at the German Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety; and Naomi Tokashiki, Japanese State Minister of the Environment.

With Iguazu’s waterfalls as its majestic backdrop, the meeting continued with working sessions and a musical soirée with internationally-renowned composer and accordionist Chango Spasiuk, a native of Misiones native, along with the “Grillitos Sinfónicos” youth orchestra.

Tomorrow, meeting participants will work on a series of documents and develop recommendations for consideration by the G20 leaders.


Resource efficiency on the agenda

Discussions began in Puerto Iguazú on Monday with a workshop on the “G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue”. As well as Bergman, Flasbarth and Tokashiki, representatives from foreign delegations, international organizations, G20 engagement groups and NGOs, took part.


About the Climate Sustainability Working Group

The issue of climate action was first addressed by the G20 in 2008.  In 2017, it was discussed formally in the Sustainability Working Group, which also dealt with energy issues. Under the Argentine G20 presidency this year, energy and climate sustainability have been split into two separate working groups.