According to the White House, the summit is intended to underline the urgency of stronger measures for climate protection and their economic benefits. Before that, the US would announce “an ambitious emissions target” for 2030 as a new contribution to the Paris Climate Agreement. Biden urged other heads of state and government to use the online meeting to make increased contributions as well. The next UN climate conference is in November in Glasgow, Scotland.
New edition of the meetings under ex-President Obama
Shortly after taking office in January, Biden announced that he would convene a climate summit on April 22, the so-called Earth Day. Under his predecessor Donald Trump, who repeatedly expressed doubts about climate change, the US withdrew from the Paris climate agreement. On the day of his swearing in, Biden ordered his return. He reiterated that the US would play a leading role in implementing the agreement.
The April summit will convene the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate again, the White House announced. The former US President Barack had invited the 17 largest environmental polluters to the climate summit since 2009. Also invited are heads of state and government of other countries that play a strong leadership role in climate protection or are particularly affected by the effects of climate change.
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President Joe Biden invites heads government virtual climate summit