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Small states in an era of dysfunctional multilateral groupings

Big-power rivalry is paralysing efforts to tackle major global problems, from climate change to pandemics.

The G-20, which comprises 19 major national economies and the European Union, met in Rome just prior to the climate summit. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
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The United Nations climate summit in Glasgow has made some reasonable progress, from a commitment to end deforestation by 2030 to India's pledge to hit net-zero emissions by 2070.

Were all the promises made during COP26 to be kept - a big "if" - it might even give the world a chance of keeping global temperatures a smidgen below the all-important target of 2 deg C above pre-industrial levels, according to an analysis from the University of Melbourne.

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