Taormina , Italy (May 27, 2017): The leaders of G7 nations urged Donald Trump to join the rest of the world in combating climate change – but the President has made no promises despite the White House insisting his views are “evolving”.
G7 nations had hoped the US leader would publicly back the Paris Agreement and the commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
The meeting in Taormina, Italy, of the heads of the world’s seven major industrialised economies, did secure widespread agreement on other issues, including Syria, Libya, and fighting terrorism.
The group ramped up pressure on internet service providers and social media to increase efforts to purge extremist content, four days after the terror attack in Manchester that killed 22 people, by toughening a final statement to fight terrorism, honing in on the role of companies like Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, sometimes referred to generally in Europe using the acronym Gafa.
“We will combat the misuse of the Internet by terrorists. While being one of the most important technological achievements in the last decades, the Internet has also proven to be a powerful tool for terrorist purposes,” said the joint statement signed by the leaders meeting in Sicily.
However that co-operation did not stretch entirely to the issue of Global warming. “There is one open question, which is the US position on the Paris climate accords. All others have confirmed their total agreement on the accord,” Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said.
“We are sure that after an internal reflection, the United States will also want to commit to it,” he added.