Italy Minister Fratin addresses G/ environment, energy and climate meeting

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The gathering of G7 environment, energy, and climate ministers commenced on Monday at Turin’s Palace of Venaria. Italy has the G7 presidency in 2024.

Prior to the meeting, protests erupted on Sunday, highlighting world leaders’ failure to adequately address the climate crisis stemming from human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.

Demonstrators called for decisive action, including the phasing out of fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal. In the midst of the protests, traffic in the northern city came to a standstill. Effigies of United States President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni were burned.

Italian Environment and Energy Security Minister Gilberto Pichetto Fratin emphasised the profound responsibility towards citizens, particularly in vulnerable countries, and the planet itself during the opening session of the two-day event.

With Italy holding the presidency of the G7, Pichetto Fratin, as chair, underscored the significance of the occasion. He stated, “We are amidst two conflicts intertwined with global crises. The international community eagerly anticipates our message.”

Fratin further asserted that the G7 serves as a pivotal platform for strategising more effective measures against climate change, pollution, and facilitating a just, inclusive, and sustainable energy transition.

In addition to ministers from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US, European Energy, Climate, and Environment Commissioners Kadri Simson, Wopke Hoekstra, and Virginijus Sinkevičius are also participating in the discussions.

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