P4G global summit on environment opens

Leaders and top officials from countries and international organizations have opened a Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030, or P4G, meeting to discuss environmental issues. South Korea, which is hosting the talks, unveiled plans to increase aid to help developing countries deal with climate change.

About 70 leaders and top officials on Sunday began the 2021 P4G Seoul Summit, the second of its kind following the inaugural meeting held in Copenhagen in 2018.
The talks cover topics such as food, water, energy, and other environmental issues.

The agenda for the two-day, online meeting includes ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said during the opening ceremony that he hopes the meeting will become an invaluable step toward achieving carbon neutrality for a safer, more sustainable future.

Moon also announced his intention to substantially boost the nation's official development assistance for countries that rely heavily on coal-fired power plants.

He promised that South Korea will quickly and actively join efforts to help the international community overcome the climate crisis.

The participants in the meeting include Japanese Environment Minister Koizumi Shinjiro, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.