G20 Concludes With Communique Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance, Climate Change; U.K. Offers Funding For Disease Outbreak Insurance; U.S. Pledges $639M In Humanitarian Assistance For 4 Countries
Deutsche Welle: G20: success for Africa, failure for climate
“…Germany attempted to use its presidency to rally global leaders behind a number of causes which the summit had not previously had on its agenda. … According to Merkel, the leaders agreed to ‘increase the fight against pandemic diseases that could crash the global economy’ and ‘build a common front in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.’ A G20 working group will in the future take up the issue of the appropriate use of antibiotics…” (Jalloh, 7/8).
The Guardian: Theresa May to spend aid money on insurance against disasters in Africa
“Theresa May is planning to spend tens of millions of pounds of aid funding on buying premiums with British insurance companies to help cover the costs of natural disasters in African countries, such as severe drought. The prime minister believes that buying up private insurance policies in the U.K., in a break from more traditional forms of aid spending, could reduce the need for expensive direct humanitarian support in the future. … May laid out the plans at the G20 summit in Hamburg as part of a £200m package that aims to boost economic growth within African countries in order to make them less dependent on aid…” (Asthana/Wintour, 7/7).
Reuters: At G20 summit, Trump pledges $639 million in aid to four countries
“U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday promised $639 million in aid to feed people left starving because of drought and conflict in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen. Trump’s pledge came during a working session of the G20 summit of world leaders in Hamburg, providing a ‘godsend’ to the United Nations’ World Food Programme, the group’s executive director, David Beasley, told Reuters on the sidelines of the meeting…” (Shalal/Wroughton, 7/8).
Reuters: U.S. isolated on climate at summit of world leaders
“Leaders from the world’s leading economies broke with U.S. President Donald Trump on climate policy at a G20 summit on Saturday, in a rare public admission of disagreement and blow to multilateral cooperation. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, keen to show off her skills as a mediator two months before a German election, achieved her primary goal at the meeting in Hamburg, convincing her fellow leaders to support a single communique with pledges on trade, finance, energy, and Africa…” (Carrel et al., 7/8).