The G20 Summit kicked off Saturday in the Italian capital, Rome, to discuss international challenges and crises as well as climate change and the Covid-19. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi received heads of state and governments as well as international and regional organizations taking part in the two-day event.

Draghi opened the first session of the Summit titled “global health and economy”, referring to the importance of the leaders’ physical meeting for the first time since the outbreak of the virus pandemic. He said that multilateralism is the best answer to the problems “we face” today as it is the only possible solution on many levels, from the epidemic, climate change to a just and equitable tax system.

He noted that the successful vaccination campaigns and coordinated measures made by the governments and central banks enabled the global economy to recover, with launching many plans to enhance growth and sustainability.

Draghi pointed to the adoption of a new economic example to benefit the whole world, warning against challenges facing all people altogether.
“We” are very close to achieve the goals of the World Health Organization (WHO) aiming to vaccinate 40 percent of the world population by the end of 2021, calling for doing their best to reach 70 percent of vaccination in mid-2022.

He stressed the need to continue investment in scientific research and removing commercial barriers pertaining to the Covid-19 as well as increasing productivity regionally and internationally. Draghi highlighted Italy’s efforts, as president of the G20, in promoting a more just recovery, pointing to the hosting of the WHO summit in Rome that witnessed generous pledge of the countries and companies to provide vaccines to the poorest countries.

He urged these countries and firms to fulfill their pledges in this regard. He further referred to an agreement reached on a more fair and effective international tax system.

These results remind “us” of the strength of outcomes that “we” can achieve together, he concluded. Most of the G20 leaders, including US President Joe Biden, Argentine’s President Alberto Fernandez, Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, are taking part in the summit, which concludes tomorrow.

Besides, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and Chia and Russia’s president Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin respectively are attending virtually the summit. In addition, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, president of the European Commission, European Council chief and others are present. -KUNA

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