Jul. 17, 2019

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at Reception for the Ministerial To Advance Religious Freedom and Presentation of the International Religious Freedom Awards
07/17/2019 07:13 PM EDT

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Ambassador Brownback. Good evening, everyone. For those of you just coming, there’s room on this side over here. It is great to see you all, so many people gathering to advance religious freedom. I think Secretary Azar is here too from HHS, another ally in this fight for religious freedom.

I also want to extend a very special welcome to the faithful gathered here, to civil society and religious leaders, and to the foreign ministers and various heads of delegation who have joined us for this great series of events here.

Thank you too for everything you’ve done to make these first two days so special and a success. You are all truly on the front lines of freedom.

And by gathering here today, this evening, you’re making history. This is the second time we’ve done this here at the State Department. It is the largest human rights gathering ever at the State Department. (Applause.)

Your presence here underscores the fact that faith matters.

That the right to worship, to assemble, to practice, and to teach one’s faith is undeniable and that we have a responsibility, as civilized people who care about freedom, to protect it in every way that we can.

We have our work cut out for us; you all know that. The people on this stage know this better than I do, and you’ll hear in many sessions at the ministerial this very thing. From the Islamic Republic of Iran, to China, to Cuba, and beyond, violations of religious freedom remain all too common and all too far widespread.

President Trump’s administration has made the protection of unalienable rights like religious freedom a real priority.

And I’ve talked about this in many settings and at length, and my colleagues have worked hard to put time and resources towards rallying our friends and partners to this important cause. We’ve decided that nothing short of an all-out, all-of-government effort is necessary.

Two, we’re working hard to inspire grassroots movements to push for change in every nation, every country in the world where religious freedom is being violated. More and more people are hearing that call. They’re stepping up in their own communities around the world and saying that they too are ready to fight for this important freedom.

I’m especially honored tonight to share the stage with the men and women who have demonstrated how much each one of us is capable of in advancing this noble shared cause. If the future of religious freedom rests on solid ground, it’s because of people who are sharing the stage with me tonight.

To say that each of them is brave is a gross understatement. To say their work is tough does not go nearly far enough.

Each of them has a story, a story which Ambassador Brownback will tell us a little bit about in a moment. Each of them is known for their extraordinary advocacy efforts.

They’ve risked their own reputation, their personal comfort, their own well-being, and in some cases even their lives to help strangers, many of whom practice faiths that are different from their own.

Hailing from diverse countries, working as lawyers, working as diplomats, imams, directors of NGOs, they share a common mission: to protect religious minorities and defend religious freedom and unalienable rights.

I don’t want to steal Ambassador Brownback’s thunder – he has more to say about these extraordinary men and women. But I do want to emphasize one more thing about them: No one on the stage with me here tonight sought the spotlight.

I could not be more humbled and honored to recognize their actions tonight with the first-ever set of international religious freedom awards.

I hope that, through these awards, we inspire others to do their part. The world needs more ordinary citizens doing these remarkably extraordinary things. To all of our honorees, thank you for everything you’ve done, God bless you, and I’ll now turn it back over to Ambassador Brownback. Thank you all. (Applause.)

Jul. 2, 2019


I am pleased to announce that Speaker Nancy Pelosi will attend the 110th NAACP National Convention, and will give remarks at the opening plenary session on Monday, July 22.

Register now to attend the convention.


In our current political climate, we know the crucial role Congress must play in advancing social justice and civil rights in our nation—especially under an administration that works tirelessly to roll back protections our activists have fought so hard to create. As a leader in Congress, Speaker Pelosi has been pivotal in pushing forward policies that lower health care costs, increase workers’ pay and contribute to the economic growth of our nation.

And as a member of the NAACP, Speaker Pelosi has established herself as a lifetime devotee to the fight for civil rights and social justice. In just a few short weeks, she will join almost 10,000 other social justice advocates in strategizing and setting policy priorities for the year ahead, as we all convene at the 110th NAACP National Convention.

I hope to see you there.

Jun. 30, 2019

G20 Osaka Leaders’ Declaration
1. We, the Leaders of the G20, met in Osaka, Japan on 28-29 June 2019 to make united efforts to address
major global economic challenges. We will work together to foster global economic growth, while harnessing
the power of technological innovation, in particular digitalization, and its application for the benefit of all.
2. Building on work done by previous presidencies, we will strive to create a virtuous cycle of growth by
addressing inequalities and realize a society where all individuals can make use of their full potential. We are
resolved to build a society capable of seizing opportunities, and tackling economic, social and environmental
challenges, presented today and in the future, including those of demographic change.
3. We will further lead efforts to foster development and address other global challenges to pave the way
toward an inclusive and sustainable world, as envisioned in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
4. Global growth appears to be stabilizing, and is generally projected to pick up moderately later this year
and into 2020. This recovery is supported by the continuation of accommodative financial conditions and
stimulus measures taking effect in some countries. However, growth remains low and risks remain tilted to
the downside. Most importantly, trade and geopolitical tensions have intensified. We will continue to address
these risks, and stand ready to take further action.
5. We reaffirm our commitment to use all policy tools to achieve strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive
growth, and safeguard against downside risks, by stepping up our dialogue and actions to enhance
confidence. Fiscal policy should be flexible and growth-friendly while rebuilding buffers where needed and
ensuring debt as a share of GDP is on a sustainable path. Monetary policy will continue to support economic
activity and ensure price stability, consistent with central banks’ mandates. Central bank decisions need to
remain well communicated. Continued implementation of structural reforms will enhance our growth
potential. We also reaffirm the exchange rate commitments made by our Finance Ministers and Central Bank
Governors in March 2018.
6. Global current account imbalances have narrowed in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, notably
in emerging and developing economies and they have become increasingly concentrated in advanced
economies. However, they remain large and persistent, and stock positions continue to diverge. In assessing
external balances, we note the importance of monitoring all components of the current account, including
services trade and income balances. In the spirit of enhancing cooperation, we affirm that carefully calibrated
macroeconomic and structural policies tailored to country-specific circumstances are necessary to address
excessive imbalances and mitigate the risks to achieving the G20 goal of strong, sustainable, balanced and
inclusive growth.
7. Demographic changes, including population aging, pose challenges and opportunities for all G20 members,
and these changes will require policy actions that span fiscal, monetary, financial, labour market and other
structural policies. To strengthen financial inclusion in the aging society, we endorse the G20 Fukuoka Policy
Priorities on Aging and Financial Inclusion.
Trade and Investment
8. We welcome the G20 Ministerial Statement on Trade and Digital Economy in Tsukuba. We strive to realize
a free, fair, non-discriminatory, transparent, predictable and stable trade and investment environment, and
to keep our markets open. International trade and investment are important engines of growth, productivity,
innovation, job creation and development. We reaffirm our support for the necessary reform of the World
Trade Organization (WTO) to improve its functions. We will work constructively with other WTO members,
including in the lead up to the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference. We agree that action is necessary regarding
the functioning of the dispute settlement system consistent with the rules as negotiated by WTO members.
Furthermore, we recognize the complementary roles of bilateral and regional free trade agreements that are
WTO-consistent. We will work to ensure a level playing field to foster an enabling business environment.
Excess Capacity
9. While we note the progress made so far by the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity (GFSEC), we ask
relevant Ministers of the members of the GFSEC to explore and reach a consensus by fall 2019 on ways to
further the work of the Forum.
Innovation: Digitalization, Data Free Flow with Trust
10. Innovation is an important driver for economic growth, which can also contribute to advancing towards
the SDGs and enhancing inclusiveness. We will work toward achieving an inclusive, sustainable, safe,
trustworthy and innovative society through digitalization and promoting the application of emerging
technologies. We share the notion of a human-centered future society, which is being promoted by Japan as
Society 5.0. As digitalization is transforming every aspect of our economies and societies, we recognize the
critical role played by effective use of data, as an enabler of economic growth, development and social wellbeing. We aim to promote international policy discussions to harness the full potential of data.
11. Cross-border flow of data, information, ideas and knowledge generates higher productivity, greater
innovation, and improved sustainable development, while raising challenges related to privacy, data
protection, intellectual property rights, and security. By continuing to address these challenges, we can
further facilitate data free flow and strengthen consumer and business trust. In this respect, it is necessary
that legal frameworks, both domestic and international, should be respected. Such data free flow with trust
will harness the opportunities of the digital economy. We will cooperate to encourage the interoperability of
different frameworks, and we affirm the role of data for development. We also reaffirm the importance of
interface between trade and digital economy, and note the ongoing discussion under the Joint Statement
Initiative on electronic commerce, and reaffirm the importance of the Work Programme on electronic
commerce at the WTO.
12. To further promote innovation in the digital economy, we support the sharing of good practices on
effective policy and regulatory approaches and frameworks that are innovative as well as agile, flexible, and
adapted to the digital era, including through the use of regulatory sandboxes. The responsible development
and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be a driving force to help advance the SDGs and to realize a
sustainable and inclusive society. To foster public trust and confidence in AI technologies and fully realize
their potential, we commit to a human-centered approach to AI, and welcome the non-binding G20 AI
Principles, drawn from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Recommendation on AI. Further, we recognize the growing importance of promoting security in the digital
economy and of addressing security gaps and vulnerabilities. We affirm the importance of protection of
intellectual property. Along with the rapid expansion of emerging technologies including the Internet of
Things (IoT), the value of an ongoing discussion on security in the digital economy is growing. We, as G20
members, affirm the need to further work on these urgent challenges. We reaffirm the importance of
bridging the digital divide and fostering the adoption of digitalization among micro, small and medium
enterprises (MSMEs) and all individuals, particularly vulnerable groups and also encourage networking and
experience-sharing among cities for the development of smart cities.
Quality Infrastructure Investment
13. Infrastructure is a driver of economic growth and prosperity. We endorse the G20 Principles for Quality
Infrastructure Investment as our common strategic direction and high aspiration. These emphasize that
quality infrastructure is an essential part of the G20’s ongoing efforts to close the infrastructure gap, in
accordance with the Roadmap to Infrastructure as an Asset Class. We stress the importance of maximizing
the positive impact of infrastructure to achieve sustainable growth and development while preserving the
sustainability of public finances, raising economic efficiency in view of life-cycle cost, integrating
environmental and social considerations, including women’s economic empowerment, building resilience
against natural disasters and other risks, and strengthening infrastructure governance. We look forward to
continuing advancing the elements to develop infrastructure as an asset class, including by exploring possible
indicators on quality infrastructure investment.
14. We reaffirm our commitment to further strengthening the global financial safety net with a strong, quotabased, and adequately resourced International Monetary Fund (IMF) at its center. We remain committed to
concluding the 15th General Review of Quotas no later than the 2019 Annual Meetings, and call on the IMF
to expedite its work on IMF resources and governance reform as a matter of the highest priority. We support
the progress made on work to follow up the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) proposals, including on country
platforms, and efforts by the World Bank Group (WBG) to enhance risk insurance in development finance.
We welcome the work undertaken by the international organizations on capital flows. The OECD has
completed a review of its Code of Liberalization of Capital Movements. We will continue our work on the
EPG’s proposals, recognizing their multi-year nature.
15. We reiterate the importance of joint efforts undertaken by both borrowers and creditors, official and
private, to improve debt transparency and secure debt sustainability. We call on the IMF and WBG to
continue their efforts to strengthen borrowers’ capacity in the areas of debt recording, monitoring, and
reporting, debt management, public financial management, and domestic resource mobilization, including
under their multi-pronged approach. In the context of the review of the Debt Limits Policy and NonConcessional Borrowing Policy, we encourage the IMF and WBG to continue their efforts to deepen their
analysis of collateralized financing practices. We welcome the completion of the voluntary self-assessment
of the implementation of the G20 Operational Guidelines for Sustainable Financing and the IMF-WBG note
on the survey results and policy recommendation. We applaud G20 and non-G20 members who completed
the survey and call for continued discussion of the issues highlighted by this note, aiming to improve financing
practices. We support the work of the Institute of International Finance on the Voluntary Principles for Debt
Transparency to improve debt transparency and sustainability of private financing and look forward to follow
up. We support the ongoing work of the Paris Club, as the principal international forum for restructuring
official bilateral debt, towards the broader engagement of emerging creditors and welcome India associating
voluntarily with the Paris Club to cooperate in its work on a case-by-case basis.
16. We will continue our cooperation for a globally fair, sustainable, and modern international tax system,
and welcome international cooperation to advance pro-growth tax policies. We reaffirm the importance of
the worldwide implementation of the G20/OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) package and
enhanced tax certainty. We welcome the recent progress on addressing the tax challenges arising from
digitalization and endorse the ambitious work program that consists of a two-pillar approach, developed by
the Inclusive Framework on BEPS. We will redouble our efforts for a consensus-based solution with a final
report by 2020. We welcome the recent achievements on tax transparency, including the progress on
automatic exchange of information for tax purposes. We also welcome an updated list of jurisdictions that
have not satisfactorily implemented the internationally agreed tax transparency standards. We look forward
to a further update by the OECD of the list that takes into account all of the strengthened criteria. Defensive
measures will be considered against listed jurisdictions. The 2015 OECD report inventories available
measures in this regard. We call on all jurisdictions to sign and ratify the multilateral Convention on Mutual
Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. We reiterate our support for tax capacity building in developing
17. Technological innovations can deliver significant benefits to the financial system and the broader
economy. While crypto-assets do not pose a threat to global financial stability at this point, we are closely
monitoring developments and remain vigilant to existing and emerging risks. We welcome on-going work by
the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and other standard setting bodies and ask them to advise on additional
multilateral responses as needed. We reaffirm our commitment to applying the recently amended FATF
Standards to virtual assets and related providers for anti-money laundering and countering the financing of
terrorism. We welcome the adoption of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Interpretive Note and Guidance.
We also welcome the FSB’s work on the possible implications of decentralized financial technologies and
how regulators can engage other stakeholders. We also continue to step up efforts to enhance cyber
18. We welcome the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2462, which stresses the essential role of
the FATF in setting global standards for preventing and combatting money laundering, terrorist financing and
proliferation financing. We reiterate our strong commitment to step up efforts to fight these threats,
including by strengthening the FATF’s global network of regional bodies. We call for the full, effective and
swift implementation of the FATF Standards.
19. An open and resilient financial system, grounded in agreed international standards, is crucial to support
sustainable growth. We remain committed to the full, timely and consistent implementation of the agreed
financial reforms. We ask the FSB to continue to evaluate their effects. We will continue to monitor and, as
necessary, address vulnerabilities and emerging risks to financial stability, including with macroprudential
tools. While non-bank financing provides welcome diversity to the financial system, we will continue to
identify, monitor and address related financial stability risks as appropriate. We welcome the work on market
fragmentation, and will address its unintended, negative effects, including through regulatory and
supervisory cooperation. We continue to monitor and address the causes and consequences of the
withdrawal of correspondent banking relationships. Mobilizing sustainable finance and strengthening
financial inclusion are important for global growth. We welcome private sector participation and
transparency in these areas.
20. We remain committed to play a leading role in the global efforts to prevent and fight against corruption,
as well as promoting integrity, by implementing the G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plan 2019-2021 while
strengthening synergies among related international instruments and mechanisms. Recognizing that
countering corruption is an important requisite for ensuring quality and reliability of infrastructure, we
welcome the Compendium of Good Practices for Promoting Integrity and Transparency in Infrastructure
Development as part of our further work. We endorse the High Level Principles for Effective Protection of
Whistleblowers. We renew our commitment to pursuing high level international cooperation between G20
members in the fight against corruption and to lead by example through the effective implementation of the
United Nations Convention against Corruption, including its review process. We will intensify our efforts to
combat foreign bribery and to ensure that each G20 country has a national law in force for criminalizing
foreign bribery as soon as possible. We take note of the efforts towards adherence to the OECD Convention
on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions. We will continue
practical cooperation to fight corruption and reaffirm our commitment to deny safe haven to persons sought
for corruption and their proceeds of corruption consistent with our G20 and international commitments and
our domestic legal systems and will work more closely on asset recovery cooperation. We look forward to
the scoping paper on international cooperation dealing with serious economic offenders and recovery of
stolen assets in relation to corruption to be prepared by relevant international organizations. In addition, we
also welcome the work on the linkages between corruption and gender being undertaken by relevant
international organizations.
Labour and Employment
21. Population ageing is progressing in G20 members at different rates. Taking into account the
commonalities and differences among G20 demographics, we recognize the importance of promoting an
healthy and active ageing society that enables workers to participate in the labour market at older ages, while
continuing to increase participation of youth, women and persons with disabilities in economic activities. We
will boost job creation and flexible work arrangements, seek to raise quality of employment and enhance
employability of workers through lifelong learning as working lives are expected to be longer, and strive
towards improving the working conditions for all including, long-term care workers in accordance with
national circumstances. We will also continue to promote employment opportunities for and employability
of the young population. We ask Ministers of Labour and Employment to identify possible policy priorities
for adapting to demographic trends when they meet in Matsuyama in September. We recognize that
emerging new forms of work, particularly those driven by technological innovation can be a source of job
opportunities but may also pose challenges for decent work and social protection systems. We encourage
Labour and Employment Ministers to further exchange experiences and good practices as we endeavor to
develop adequate policy responses to these new forms of work, taking into account the view of the private
sector. We remain committed to promote decent work and reaffirm our commitment to take actions to
eradicate child labour, forced labour, human trafficking and modern slavery in the world of work, including
through fostering sustainable global supply chains.
Women’s Empowerment
22. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are essential for achieving sustainable and inclusive
economic growth. We reconfirm their importance in all aspects of our policies and as a cross-cutting issue at
upcoming Summits. We note that further progress has been made towards the Brisbane Goal, to reduce the
gap in labour force participation between men and women by 25 per cent by 2025. We take note of the
progress report Women at Work in G20 Countries prepared by the International Labour Organization (ILO)
and OECD, and acknowledge the need to accelerate our efforts. Building on the continued efforts by Labour
and Employment Ministers, we will exchange our respective progress and actions taken in the G20 towards
the Brisbane Goal, including the quality of women’s employment, on the basis of the annual report. We will
also address the gender gap in unpaid care work which remains a major obstacle to women’s participation
in the labour market. We commit to take further action to improve the quality of women’s employment,
reduce gender pay gaps, and end all forms of discrimination against women and combat stereotypes and to
recognize women as agents of peace, and in the prevention and resolution of conflict.
23. We commit to continue support for girls’ and women’s education and training, including providing quality
primary and secondary education, improved access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics) education and raising awareness toward eliminating gender stereotypes. In order to close the
digital gender gap, we will continue enhancing girls’ and women’s access to digital technology with a focus
on the needs of those in poverty and rural areas. We reaffirm the importance of taking measures to eradicate
all gender-based violence, abuse and harassment, including in the digital context. We welcome efforts,
particularly by the private sector, to promote women’s access to managerial and decision making positions
and foster women business leaders and entrepreneurship. We reaffirm the importance of taking measures
to support skills development and provide access to funding to promote women’s entrepreneurship and
welcome the continued implementation of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) in support
of women’s entrepreneurship in developing countries including in Africa. We recognize the importance of
encouraging efforts by the private sector including by acknowledging companies that are taking measures to
increase the number of women in management and decision making positions and making gender responsive
investments. We welcome the launch of the private sector alliance for the ‘Empowerment and Progression
of Women’s Economic Representation (EMPOWER)’ and call upon the alliance to advocate for the
advancement of women in the private sector, and we will take stock of their progress and share their concrete
efforts at our upcoming Summits.
24. Tourism accounts for a significant share of the world’s GDP and is expected to continue to be an important
driver of global economic growth. We will work to maximize the sector’s contribution to the creation of
quality jobs and entrepreneurship, especially for women and youth and in the creative industry; economic
resilience and recovery; the preservation of natural resources through sustainable tourism planning and
management; and the achievement of inclusive and sustainable development.
25. In order to achieve food security and improve nutrition for the growing world population, agricultural
productivity needs to increase and distribution needs to be more efficient, including by reducing food loss
and waste, in a way more compatible with the sustainable management of natural resources. To this end, we
highlight the importance of access to and utilization of existing, new and advanced technologies, such as
Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics among others, and
encourage cross-sectoral collaboration among stakeholders. We also encourage innovation, skills training
and lifelong education for all, in attracting new entrants and empowering youth and women in the agro-food
sector. We recognize the importance of developing sustainable, science-based and resilient agro-food value
chains, in an inclusive and equitable manner, including family farming and small scale farmers, which will also
contribute to revitalizing rural areas. We emphasize the need for continued and enhanced information
sharing and research collaboration to respond to existing and emerging animal and plant health issues. We
will further encourage voluntary exchange of good practices and knowledge towards more sustainable agrofood sector.
26. With a view to the United Nations High Level Political Forum and High-level Dialogue on Financing for
Development in September, we remain resolved to playing a leading role in contributing to the timely
implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. We
recognize that international public and private finance for development as well as other innovative financing
mechanisms, including blended finance, can play an important role in upscaling our collective efforts.
Building on the G20’s Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Osaka Update
underscores the G20’s collective and concrete actions contributing to the implementation of the 2030
Agenda and helping to ensure that “no one is left behind”. We welcome the Osaka Comprehensive
Accountability Report.
27. We support developing countries in their efforts to advance progress towards the timely implementation
of the SDGs in such areas as poverty eradication, quality infrastructure investment, gender equality, health,
education, agriculture, environment, energy, and industrialization, using all means of implementation, such
as the mobilization of private sector resources and capacity building assistance. We reiterate our continued
support to the G20 Africa partnership, including the Compact with Africa (CwA), with strengthened bilateral
engagement by G20 members and enhanced roles for WBG, African Development Bank, and IMF in
implementing the CwA, and G20 initiative on supporting the industrialization of Africa and other relevant
initiatives that contribute to the realization of the African vision as set out in the African Union’s Agenda
2063. We remain committed to address illicit financial flows and will take stock at future Summits.
28. We reaffirm our commitment to invest in human capital and promote inclusive and equitable quality
education for all as emphasized in the G20 Initiative on Human Capital Investment for Sustainable
Development. Recognizing the importance of science, technology and innovation (STI) for SDGs, we endorse
the Guiding Principles for the Development of STI for SDGs Roadmaps. We recognize the importance of
further efforts on North-South, South-South and triangular co-operation as well as disaster risk reduction
including disaster risk financing and insurance schemes as a means to promote financial resilience against
natural disasters.
29. We will continue our work towards achieving a successful 19th replenishment of the International
Development Association, as well as a 15th replenishment of the African Development Fund. We call for full
and timely implementation of the capital increase package of the International Bank for Reconstruction and
Development and the International Finance Corporation in view of their expanded roles.
Global Health
30. Health is a prerequisite for sustainable and inclusive economic growth. We recall our commitment to
moving towards achieving universal health coverage according to national contexts and priorities. We look
forward to the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Primary health care including access to medicines, vaccination, nutrition, water and sanitation, health
promotion and disease prevention is a cornerstone for advancing health and inclusion. We will strengthen
health systems with a focus on quality including through enhancing health workforce and human resources
for policy development and promoting public and private sector innovation, such as cost-effective and
appropriate digital and other innovative technologies. Recognizing the importance of sustainable financing
for health, we will call for greater collaboration between health and finance authorities in accordance with
the G20 Shared Understanding on the Importance of UHC Financing in Developing Countries, to which our
commitment was affirmed by our Finance and Health Ministers at their Joint Session. We encourage
international organizations and all stakeholders to collaborate effectively and we look forward to the
upcoming presentation of the global action plan for healthy lives and well-being for all.
31. We will promote healthy and active ageing through policy measures to address health promotion,
prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and through people-centered,
multi-sectoral, community-based integrated health and long-term care over the life course in accordance
with national context including demographic trends. We will implement comprehensive set of policies to
address dementia, including promoting risk reduction and sustainable provision of long-term care as well as
inclusive societies aiming to improve quality of lives of people with dementia and caregivers.
32. We are committed to improving public health preparedness and response including strengthening our
own core capacities and supporting capacities of other countries in compliance with the World Health
Organization (WHO) International Health Regulations (2005). We will support countries suffering from the
current Ebola outbreak in Africa, through both timely financial and technical assistance and in line with the
central coordination responsibility that WHO has for international responses to health emergencies. We will
work for the sustainability and efficiency of global health emergency financing mechanisms. We reaffirm our
commitment to eradicate polio as well as to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and look
forward to the success of the sixth replenishment of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
33. We will accelerate efforts based on the One-Health approach to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Recognizing the UN Secretary-General’sreport on AMR, which was informed by the recommendations of the
UN Interagency Coordination Group on AMR and other relevant initiatives, we encourage all stakeholders
including international organizations to act and coordinate on those items relevant to their missions that
contribute to global efforts to combat AMR. We recognize the need for policy measures for infection
prevention and reduction of excessive antimicrobial usage. Further action should be taken to promote
stewardship of and access to antimicrobials. Noting the ongoing work done by Global AMR R&D Hub, we will
promote R&D to tackle AMR. We call on interested G20 members and Global AMR R&D Hub to analyze push
and pull mechanisms to identify best models for AMR R&D and to report back to relevant G20 Ministers.
Global Environmental Issues and Challenges
34. Noting the important work of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Intergovernmental
Science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Sources (IPBES), and in the light of recent extreme
weather events and disasters, we recognize the urgent need for addressing complex and pressing global
issues and challenges, including climate change, resource efficiency, air, land, fresh water and marine
pollution, including marine plastic litter, biodiversity loss, sustainable consumption and production, urban
environmental quality and other environmental issues, and for promoting and leading energy transitions,
with the best available science, while promoting sustainable growth. A paradigm shift is needed where the
virtuous cycle of environment and growth is accelerated through innovations, and with business
communities playing an important role, in synergy with the public sector. To this end we stress the
importance of accelerating the virtuous cycle and leading transformations to a resilient, inclusive, and
sustainable future. We emphasize the importance of taking concrete and practical actions and collecting
international best practices and wisdom from around the world, mobilizing public and private finance,
technology and investment and improving business environments.
Climate Change
35. To this end, we strive to foster inclusive finance for sustainable development, including public and private
financing mobilization and alignment between them, as well as innovation in a wide range of areas for low
emissions and resilient development. Climate actions at all levels with broad participation, including by nonstate actors, will be the key to realizing such a paradigm shift. In further enhancing this effort, as appropriate
to each country’s circumstances, we will look into a wide range of clean technologies and approaches,
including smart cities, ecosystem and community based approaches, nature based solutions and traditional
and indigenous knowledge. We need to enhance efforts to support actions and cooperation in adaptation
and disaster risk reduction, in particular, for the most vulnerable communities, and to elaborate further and
foster coherence between mitigation action, adaptation measures, environmental protection, and resilient
infrastructure. We note the successful adoption of the implementation guidelines for the Paris Agreement
and the completion of the stocktaking of the Talanoa Dialogue at the United Nations Framework Convention
on Climate Change Conference of Parties (UNFCCC COP) 24 and the outcomes of the meeting of G20 energy
and environment ministers in Karuizawa, subsequent to the successful G20 Buenos Aires Summit. We are
determined to make best use of this momentum, and thus look forward to a successful Climate Action
Summit of the UN Secretary-General and concrete outcomes at UNFCCC COP 25 in Santiago, Chile. Signatories
to the Paris Agreement who confirmed at Buenos Aires its irreversibility and are determined to implement
it, reaffirm their commitment to its full implementation, reflecting common but differentiated
responsibilities and respective capabilities, in the light of different national circumstances. By 2020 we aim
to communicate, update or maintain our NDCs, taking into account that further global efforts are needed.
We emphasize the importance of providing financial resources to assist developing countries with respect to
both mitigation and adaptation in accordance with the Paris Agreement.
36. The United States reiterates its decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement because it disadvantages
American workers and taxpayers. The U.S. reaffirms its strong commitment to promoting economic growth,
energy security and access, and environmental protection. The U.S.’s balanced approach to energy and
environment allows for the delivery of affordable, reliable, and secure energy to all its citizens while utilizing
all energy sources and technologies, including clean and advanced fossil fuels and technologies, renewables,
and civil nuclear power, while also reducing emissions and promoting economic growth. The United States is
a world leader in reducing emissions. U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions fell by 14% between 2005 and 2017
even as its economy grew by 19.4% largely due to the development and deployment of innovative energy
technologies. The United States remains committed to the development and deployment of advanced
technologies to continue to reduce emissions and provide for a cleaner environment.
37. We acknowledge the importance of energy transitions that realize the “3E+S” (Energy Security, Economic
Efficiency, and Environment + Safety) in order to transform our energy systems into affordable, reliable,
sustainable and low GHG emissions systems as soon as possible, recognizing that there are different possible
national paths to achieve this goal. Recalling the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global
Environment for Sustainable Growth Communique, we acknowledge the role of all energy sources and
technologies in the energy mix and different possible national paths to achieve cleaner energy systems. We
also recognize opportunities offered by further development of innovative, clean and efficient technologies
for energy transitions, including hydrogen as well as, depending on national circumstances, the Carbon
Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) taking note of work on “Carbon Recycling” and “Emissions to Value”.
We acknowledge the G20 Japanese Presidency’s initiative called Research and Development 20 for clean
energy technologies (“RD20”). In light of recent events highlighting concern about safe flow of energy, we
acknowledge the importance of global energy security as one of the guiding principles for the transformation
of energy systems, including resilience, safety and development of infrastructure and undisrupted flow of
energy from various sources, suppliers, and routes. We recognize the value of international cooperation on
a wide range of energy-related issues including energy access, affordability and energy efficiency, and energy
storage. We reaffirm our joint commitment on medium term rationalization and phasing-out of Inefficient
Fossil Fuel Subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption, while providing targeted support for the poorest.
38. We recognize that improving resource efficiency through policies and approaches, such as circular
economy, sustainable materials management, the 3Rs(reduce, reuse, recycle) and waste to value, contributes
to the SDGs, as well as to addressing a wide range of environmental challenges, enhancing competitiveness
and economic growth, managing resources sustainably, and creating jobs. We encourage work with the
private sector towards innovation in the cooling sector. We will also work with stakeholders in order to
increase the demand for recycled products. We look forward to the development of a roadmap of the G20
Resource Efficiency Dialogue under the Japanese Presidency.
39. We reiterate that measures to address marine litter, especially marine plastic litter and microplastics,
need to be taken nationally and internationally by all countries in partnership with relevant stakeholders. In
this regard, we are determined to swiftly take appropriate national actions for the prevention and significant
reduction of discharges of plastic litter and microplastics to the oceans. Furthermore, looking ahead beyond
those initiatives and existing actions by each member, we share, and call on other members of the
international community to also share, as a common global vision, the “Osaka Blue Ocean Vision” that we
aim to reduce additional pollution by marine plastic litter to zero by 2050 through a comprehensive life-cycle
approach that includes reducing the discharge of mismanaged plastic litter by improved waste management
and innovative solutions while recognizing the important role of plastics for society. We also endorse the G20
Implementation Framework for Actions on Marine Plastic Litter.
40. As illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing remains in many parts of the world a serious threat
to the sustainability of the ocean, we recognize the importance of addressing IUU fishing for ensuring the
sustainable use of marine resources and conserving the marine environment including biodiversity, and
reaffirm our commitment to end IUU fishing.
Displacement and Migration
41. We note the 2019 Annual International Migration and Displacement Trends and Policies Report to the
G20 prepared by the OECD in cooperation with ILO, International Organization for Migration (IOM) and
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). We will continue the dialogue on the various
dimensions of these issues in the G20.
42. Large movements of refugees are a global concern with humanitarian, political, social and economic
consequences. We emphasize the importance of shared actions to address the root causes of displacement
and to respond to growing humanitarian needs.
43. We thank Japan for its Presidency and for hosting a successful Osaka Summit and its contribution to the
G20 process, and we look forward to meeting again in Saudi Arabia in 2020, in Italy in 2021 and in India in

Jun. 27, 2019
CHCI's 2019 Leadership Conference will bring together key partners and thought leaders to examine critical issues affecting the Latino community and our nation. 

Join us for high-level, thoughtful discussions on civic engagement, healthcare, workforce development and more, with panels featuring Members of Congress, corporate executives, community activists, and celebrities!

Session Highlights


Census 2020
Tackling Obesity 
Human Trafficking 
Minority Owned Vendors
Reintegration and Job Creation for Veterans
Home Ownership & Equity
Protecting Voting Rights 
Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality 
Climate Change 
Understanding Blockchain 
Presidential Forum


Social Determinants of Health 
Technology Trends in the Energy Sector 
Latino Changemakers
Precision Medicine
The Gig Economy 
Sustainable Infrastructure 
Student Loans & the US Economy
Rebuilding Puerto Rico
Latino Representation in Media & Entertainment
Corporate Social Responsibility 
Gun Violence in Schools 
Asylum and the Immigration System






Tuesday - Wednesday, September 10-11, 2019
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20004


Thursday, September 19, 2019
Walter E. Washington Convention Center

801 Mt. Vernon Place  NW, Washington, D.C. 20001


Jun. 24, 2019

Houston police are investigating a fatal crash at 1900 Gessner Road about 11:30 p.m. on Sunday (June 23).

The male victim, 17, was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. His identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

HPD Northwest Patrol Division officers reported:

The victim was crossing Gessner Road westbound at the above address, not in a crosswalk, when he was struck by a black Toyota Venza. The Toyota's driver remained at the scene and was questioned and released.

Currently, there are no charges in this case, as the investigation is continuing.

KJS/VHS 6-24-19
Inc. #079973019-P