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President Piñera coordinates efforts with world leaders to fight climate change and wildfires in the Amazon

The President held meetings with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the prime ministers of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, of Japan, Shinzo Abe and of Australia, Scott Morrison.

President Sebastián Piñera highlighted this Sunday that the G7 leaders asked Chile to collaborate in unifying efforts in the fight against climate change and the wildfires in the Amazon.

“Chile has been asked to collaborate in unifying efforts in the fight with more instruments, tools, resources, and more efficiency to conserve and protect the Amazon’s rain forests and its biodiversity. By doing so, we will be able to protect a genuine lung of our planet,” the President said at the end of a day of meetings with summit leaders. 

President Piñera highlighted that the meetings also addressed the relationship between the summit countries and Iran and the nuclear risk, the trade and tariff war between the United States and China, and climate change and global warming.

“All of these topics are important for Chile and directly affect the quality of life of the Chilean people,” the President said.

The President started the day with a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during which they discussed the strengthening of a strategic alliance to promote the use of renewable energy sources, increase value-added investments in the lithium industry, and an alliance among countries with the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

Later, he met with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, with whom he discussed the main areas of work for the upcoming climate change summit COP 25 Chile 2019, to be held in Santiago in December.

 The President also held a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, with whom he addressed the challenges posed by the tariff war between the United States and China and the importance of continuing to move forward with free trade.

The President also held a meeting with the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, during which both expressed their concern for the protection of the oceans and illegal fishing, and with the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, with whom he exchanged views on the organization of the upcoming meeting COP 25 Chile 2019. 

“It has been a good day and we hope that tomorrow we can continue moving forward. Only with unity and willpower will we be able to face the great challenges and major problems,” the President concluded.

 Tomorrow, the President will participate in a discussion panel that will move ahead on policies that are more active in protecting the environment. He will also attend a session on digital transformation, where the discussion will be directed at the importance of technological innovation, the knowledge society and artificial intelligence as tools for development.

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