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Discussion on climate change, covid and corporate tax in G20 meeting

Rome G20 Summit: The leaders of the world’s economic superpowers gathered on Saturday for the first directly organized summit since the coronavirus pandemic. The agenda of the conference includes discussions on climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, economic recovery and the global minimum corporate tax rate. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi welcomed a group of 20 heads of state to the convention center here.

Discussion on global health and economy

Saturday’s inaugural session at the G20 summit focused on global health and the economy. Italy is hoping that the G20, representing 80 per cent of the global economy, will call on countries to meet important commitments ahead of the UN climate summit beginning in Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday. Most heads of state and government who are in Rome will leave for Glasgow as soon as the G20 ends.

After G20, leaders will leave for Glasgow

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the meeting in Glasgow would discuss commitments made to tackle major pollutants. He said that overcoming the alarming level of mistrust with developing countries is a major challenge for G-20 leaders. The UN chief also blamed geopolitical divisions for hindering a global vaccination plan to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. He talked about how people in the richest countries are getting their third dose of vaccine, while only five percent of Africans are fully vaccinated.

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