US President Biden invited 40 global leaders including China and Russia to attend the White House climate summit scheduled to be held next month, showing that he hopes to host both allies and opponents at the first major international conference since taking office.
Premier Lee Hsien Loong was invited to attend
The climate summit is scheduled to be held publicly via video from April 22 to 23. The invited leaders include Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Putin, and Chinese Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Premier Li has accepted Biden’s invitation to attend the summit.
Biden told reporters that Xi Jinping and Putin “know that they were invited”, but he has not yet spoken to them.
If Xi Jinping and Putin participate in this meeting, it will be the first meeting between the leaders of the two countries after Biden took power. Within a few weeks after he took office, he had talked with the leaders of China and Russia over the phone.
The White House issued a statement on the 26th that the video summit will bring together 17 countries, which account for 80% of global carbon dioxide emissions and GDP.
The statement said, “By the time the summit is held, the United States will announce an ambitious emission (reduction) target for 2030” as a contribution to the actions of countries in the Paris Agreement to address climate change based on their own conditions.
The summit is scheduled to open on Earth Day on the 22nd and will also be an important milestone before the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to be held in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city in November.
The White House said: “In the invitation letter, the president urged leaders to use this summit to explain how their country will contribute to stronger climate goals.”
In addition to accelerating the global reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and reducing the use of fossil fuels, Biden’s summit is also to fulfill his campaign promises. After the inauguration, one of his first actions was to rejoin the Paris Agreement that former President Trump tried to withdraw. The decision to rejoin the United States, the second-largest carbon emitter, took effect on February 19. The Paris Agreement was signed in 2015.
my country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement last night stating that Singapore welcomes the United States to take the lead in convening this summit. Climate change is an existential threat facing mankind and requires global coordination and continuous response. As an island country, Singapore is particularly vulnerable to climate change.
In addition to the leaders of major countries, leaders of some countries that are deeply affected by climate change, such as Bangladesh, the Marshall Islands, and Bhutan, were also invited to attend.