P4G environment summit ends with Seoul declaration

Global leaders have affirmed climate change as an urgent threat and called for the promotion of renewable energy at an online conference hosted by South Korea.

Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030, or P4G, wrapped up two-day meetings on Monday. Representatives from more than 60 countries and international organizations attended the conference to discuss topics such as food, water and energy.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a debate on the final day that climate change has no borders. He stressed the need for solidarity between developed and developing nations, while understanding their different circumstances.

The Seoul Declaration adopted at the end of the summit recognizes the climate crisis as "an urgent global threat" that can impact the economy, society and security.

It pledges to strengthen international cooperation to increase the share of renewables such as solar and wind energy in power generation.

The declaration also stresses the importance of "green recovery," or investments in environmental technologies, to rebuild the economy after the coronavirus pandemic.

The P4G summit was the second of its kind following Copenhagen in 2018. The participants included Japan's Environment Minister Koizumi Shinjiro, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.