Saturday, November 21, 2020 – 02:12
Von der Leyen hopes that this weekend’s meeting will be the last with tension
The relief is such that the President of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, do not even publicly moderate your rejoices at Donald Trum’s forthcoming disappearance from the mighty G20 club.
The group of the 20 most powerful countries on the planet to which Spain attends as a permanent guest maintains this weekend by telematic means what will be the last meeting in which Trump attends as president of the United States, except by judicial surprise in that country.
“While The United States, until now, has been reluctant to commit in these matters [lucha contra la pandemia o cambio climtico]Now I am very hopeful that this will change with the new president-elect “, Joe Biden, declared the president of the European Commission.
He went on to say that Trump’s farewell at this summit would mean “a new beginning for multilateralism.” Moncloa sources also agree on the beneficial effects that Trump’s dismissal can have to resume the fight against climate change or end trade tensions.
In fact, both Monclovite sources and the European Commission coincide in pointing out that even Trump’s own team is softening positions in preparation for the summit accepting essays that, although very insufficient, would have been unthinkable a few weeks ago on the climate or free trade.
Biden also gives encouraging messages, according to Von der Leyen: “The new administration has already committed to increase multilateral cooperation“The move has dislodged the Saudi presidency from the G20. So far it has tended to back Trump in the preparations, but has been forced to reach out in the newsroom as the US delegation gives way.
In any case, the urgent thing is to combat the pandemic and Von der Leyen revealed yesterday that he has signed a letter together with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to request a mobilization of financing in the g20. The German specified that the so-called ACT-Accelerator has a deficit of 4.5 billion dollars to be covered. This is the name of the international cooperation mechanism created by the WHO to ensure that developed countries do not monopolize treatments, tests and vaccines against the new coronavirus and properly reach the entire planet. The draft statement outlined yesterday by the finance ministers of the g20, accessed by Reuters, reiterates the club’s commitment to use, without specification, “all the tools” to contain the pandemic and admits that the global economic recovery is “uneven, highly uncertain and subject to high risks of deterioration.”
They also concede that debt relief is needed for less developed countries with unusual support from China.
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