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President Boric and six other heads of state send letter to G7 to support measures to combat climate change

Friday, May 19th 2023

The President of the Republic, Gabriel Boric, signed a letter sent to the G7 leaders asking them to accelerate the necessary actions to address climate change, limiting the temperature increase to 1.5° Celsius, in line with the Paris Agreement.

The letter was also signed by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte; the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Chris Hipkins; the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Philip J. Pierre; the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Alatoi Ishmael Kalsakau Mau'koro; and the Presidents of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, David Kabua; and the Republic of Palau, Surangel Whipps Jr.

"We must all do our part to set more ambitious goals and achieve them. And we cannot do so without the leadership of the world's largest economies and biggest emitters," says the letter sent to the leaders of the world's major economies, who are meeting in Hiroshima, Japan, for another G7 summit.

The letter adds that "we look forward to working with you in 2023 and throughout this critical decade to chart a path towards a sustainable, safe and liveable future for all. There is no time to waste.

The paper stresses that the science community is clear that, to stay within 1.5°C, we must peak greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 at the latest and reduce them by 43% by 2030 compared to 2019 levels. To achieve this, it is imperative to end the fossil fuel era by phasing out fossil fuels.