The Elders

Press release

The Elders urge Italy to push for climate solidarity and unity at G7 summit

The Elders have written to Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni to express support for his country’s leadership on climate issues as President of the G7, ahead of its Summit on 26-27 May.

“Future generations will look back on this time of great opportunity and great uncertainty and judge the actions and leadership of the G7.”

Read press release in Italiano


Generation station in the Navajo Reservation (Credit: Alex Proimos/Flickr)

The Elders have written to Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni to express support for his country’s leadership on climate issues as President of the G7 group of industrialised countries. They urged him to push for solidarity and unity at the upcoming G7 Summit in support of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Recognising the leadership the Italian Presidency is giving to reaffirm commitment to the Paris Agreement, the 1.5˚C temperature goal and accelerated decarbonisation, The Elders welcomed Prime Minister Gentiloni's efforts to “mobilise the collective leadership of the G7 to deepen their commitment to climate action.”

The Elders noted that the G7 has played a “pivotal role” in driving forward ambitious climate action following the 2015 Paris Agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

“Continued collective action and global solidarity are now needed to implement these accords and the G7 must be at the forefront… no country alone can protect itself,” they said.

Specifically, the Elders called on the Italian G7 Presidency to push leaders to agree on five key actions at the G7 summit that takes place on 26-27 May in Taormina, Sicily:

  • Reaffirm their collective commitment to the Paris Agreement and accelerated action on implementation;
  • Lead by example by implementing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and increase the ambition of this commitment by 2020;
  • Support the leadership of climate vulnerable countries who need financial and technical support to implement their NDCs;
  • Ensure that all investments of public finance, domestically or internationally, support low carbon, climate-resilient development;
  • Ensure that existing commitments of climate finance, including US$100 billion per year by 2020, are dispersed with urgency and used to leverage additional resources.

“Future generations will look back on this time of great opportunity and great uncertainty and judge the actions and leadership of the G7,” the Elders said.

Read the full letter in English and Italiano


For media inquiries, please contact William French, Head of Communications at The Elders (+44 7795 693903) or email: media@theElders.org

Sign-up to receive all press releases

Our work | Climate change

Climate change

2017 is a critical year for action on climate change. Ambition and ethical leadership is required to prevent inflicting one of the greatest injustices in human history.

Comments

Please read our moderation policy before commenting

  • All comments posted on www.theElders.org will be moderated before publication.
  • In making comments, please be constructive and treat others with respect.
  • Comments containing hate speech, obscenity, inflammatory statements or accusations, personal attacks, discriminatory or abusive language will not be posted.
  • Links: Please do link to other relevant sites and articles to enrich the debate. Please do not link to inappropriate or offensive websites or use signature links in your post.
The Elders are independent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.

Sign up to receive monthly newsletters from The Elders.

We will occasionally send you other special updates and news, but we'll never share your email address with third parties.

Visit the archive to see our past newsletters.

The Elders website uses cookies. Click here to accept the Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy when visiting this site.