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G20 struggling to make progress on climate crisis amid protests in Naples

Max Civili
Press TV, Rome

Environment and energy ministers from the Group of 20 rich nations have gathered in Italy's southern city of Naples for a two-day summit on environment, energy and climate change.

The talks, chaired by Italy- which holds the rotating, annual presidency of the G20- have reportedly been inconclusive so far as officials are struggling to find common ground to put together joint statements on the topics being discussed.

On Thursday, Naples saw a number of anti-G20 protests being staged in different parts of the city. In the morning, hundreds of protesters tried to break into the building where the meeting was taking place.

Activists from the campaign group Avaaz wearing masks depicting Argentinean soccer player Diego Armando Maradona, staged a protest calling for debt relief for developing countries.

The largest anti-G20 rally was held on Thursday afternoon, in the historic center of Naples. Thousands of people from all walks of life shouted slogans against corporate greed and their influence on governments and in support of a counter-G20 summit.

Speaking at the G20 Ministerial meeting, Italian Ecological Transition Minister Roberto Cingolani said everyone wants to be green without making the necessary sacrifices. The minister added that if the financial system doesn't change in favor of sustainable development, there will be catastrophic consequences for future generations.

The Naples G20 meeting is seen as a key intermediate stage ahead of global climate talks known as COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference. The meeting is to be held in Glasgow, UK, in November.

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