G20 pledges greater cooperation in wake of BP oil spill
The world's 20 leading economies on Sunday pledged to work more closely together to prevent another oil spill like the one currently ravaging the southern US coastline.
More sharing of information was needed to help safeguard the environment and prevent future oil-rig accidents in the wake of the April 20 explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico, the Group of 20 (G20) leaders agreed.
"We recognize the need to share best practices to protect the marine environment, prevent accidents related to offshore exploration and development, as well as transportation, and deal with their consequences," the G20 said in a final declaration obtained by the German Press Agency DPA.
British energy giant BP has yet to fully cap the ruptured underwater well caused by the explosion. The US has solicited some help from other countries as it fights to keep the oil off the shores of four southern states.
US President Barack Obama has labelled the ongoing oil spill the worst environmental disaster in US history and ordered safety reviews of all remaining oil rigs in the Gulf.