6 September 2013 — The leaders of the Group of 20 meeting in St. Peterburg, Russian Federation,  strongly endorsed the efforts of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to mobilize political will in the coming year in support of the adoption of an agreement to address climate change.

We strongly welcome the efforts of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to mobilize political will through 2014 towards the successful adoption of a protocol, another legal instrument, or an agreed outcome with legal force under the convention applicable to all Parties by 2015, during COP-21 that France stands ready to host.”

The Secretary-General  has indicated that he will host a summit in September 2014 raise ambition and action on climate change.

The G-20 Leaders’ Declaration notes that climate change “will continue to have a significant impact on the world economy, and cost will be higher to the extent we delay additional actions. We reiterate our commitment to fight climate change and welcome the outcome of the 18th conference of the Parties to the UN climate change conferences. We are committed to a full implementation of the outcomes of Cancun, Durban and Doha and will work with Poland as the incoming presidency towards achieving a successful outcome at COP 19.”

It added that the leaders  are committed to support the full implementation of the agreed outcomes under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its ongoing negotiations.