G8 Communique Reaffirms Commitment to Sustainable Development
In a communique released on June 18, 2013 at the end of the G8 Summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, G8 leaders reaffirmed their commitment to climate change action and the passage of a global climate accord in 2015. The communique strongly emphasized sustainable development in terms of economic and human security, and expressed a desire to work with a wide variety of actors to strengthen the international environmental framework.
The summit–which was dominated by negotiations over Syria and global tax reforms–had failed to address climate change before the release of the communique. The communique promises “ambitious and transparent action” with actors such as the Major Economies Forum, the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the International Maritime Organization, the UNFCC, and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. The communique also notes the shortage of environment-related funding and reiterates a commitment from developed nations to provide $100 billion/year of climate finance to developing nations by 2020.
Although the communique did not break new ground, and although negotiations over climate did not actually occur in Lough Erne, the communique signals a continued commitment from G8 leaders to address climate change. The communique from the Lough Erne G8 is available here. An analysis of the communique by RTCC (Responding to Climate Change)–a NGO that observes global climate change negotiations–is available here.