- Title: NGOs call on G7 to combat climate change and fight famine
- Date: 26th May 2017
- Summary: GIARDINI NAXOS, ITALY (MAY 26, 2017) (REUTERS) ARMED SECURITY AT BEACH ITALIAN FLAG IN FOREGROUND, POLICE OFFICER ON JET SKI REPORTERS SPEAKING TO OXFAM SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR ERIC MUNOZ (SOUNDBITE) (English) OXFAM SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR, ERIC MUNOZ, SAYING: "The U.S. position on the other hand is quite unfortunate and we are very concerned that this signals the beginning of the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, this would be a move that would have catastrophic consequences for people and the planet." REPRESENTATIVES OF GLOBAL COALITION OF NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS, NETWORK OF NGOS WORKING TO HELP PROVIDE NUTRITION IN THE POOREST COUNTRIES, SEATED FOR NEWS CONFERENCE MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) SENIOR MANAGER FOR FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION AT GLOBAL CITIZEN, MARY RUMSBY, SAYING: "It is obviously so important this year with famine looming in four countries, and unfortunately the G7 did not reach agreement on how much finances they would put towards that initiative. So, we understand that the initiative will not be launched at the G7 this year. The text that was going to be included as an annex will not be there. We think it is really important that the G7 are accountable for their commitments. We don't want the G7 making empty promises they are not going to deliver so that's why these organisations have come together. We represent over 2,500 organisations working on food security and nutrition and we are saying to the G7 that you need to deliver on these promises, it is so important that you do." MEDIA SECURITY AT BEACH PEOPLE AT BEACH
- Embargoed: 9th June 2017 18:46
- Keywords: reaction summit G7 famine Climate change
- Location: GIARDINI NAXOS, ITALY
- City: GIARDINI NAXOS, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Topics: G7,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IH87D3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Non-governmental organisations called on the world's major industrialised nations to stay committed to climate change combat efforts and tackle famine as the first day of the G7 summit came to a close.
Talks on Friday (May 26) in Sicily exposed deep divisions with U.S. President Donald Trump over trade and climate change.
European leaders had hoped to use the summit to convince Trump to soften some of his stances.
President Trump's views on climate change are evolving after discussions with Group of Seven allies, but in the end he will put U.S. interests first, a White House economic adviser said after the meetings on Friday.
Oxfam senior policy advisor Eric Munoz said the U.S. position on climate change would have "catastrophic consequences for people and the planet", adding organisations were concerned Trump would pull out of the Paris Climate Accord.
Mary Rumsby, senior manager for Food Security and Nutrition at Global Citizen NGO, voiced concern the G7's final communique would be watered down significantly compared to the one that was unveiled at its last summit in Japan.
Together with a group of other NGOs working to help provide nutrition in the world's poorest countries, Rumsby called on the G7 to urgently make good on promises on stopping famine spiralling out of control in Africa.
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