Biden will convene dozens of national leaders this week for a two-day video climate summit aimed at strengthening global climate change actions and restoring the credibility of the United States on this issue.
Bloomberg reported that the leaders of all 40 countries invited have agreed to participate in the summit activities starting today (April 22). Biden is trying to prove that the United States is committed to drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid climate change. The most catastrophic consequences of this.
Voice of America reported that more than 20 world leaders plan to speak at the conference; they include UN Secretary-General Guterres, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Putin, British Prime Minister Johnson, German Chancellor Merkel, and French President Mark Long, Brazilian President Posonaro and Indian Prime Minister Modi.
The White House said on Wednesday that it does not expect Biden to hold bilateral talks with any other world leader.
Biden administration officials said they are stepping up efforts to combat climate change and intend to use all available tools, including finance. According to the agenda, the first day’s discussion focused on nature-based solutions, and the second day discussed investment innovation.
US government officials pointed out that the United States accounts for 13% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and it is hoped that participating countries will use this forum to issue announcements on their own climate change plans. Biden’s climate envoy, Kerry, said on Wednesday that he expects Xi Jinping to make some statements at the summit on China’s emissions reduction from now to 2030. Kerry believes that the next nine years will be the key to deciding whether to stop global warming.
Kerry said: “If no one raises the climate commitments from 2020 to 2030, we will not be able to achieve the 2050 target and we will not be able to control the average temperature rise of the earth within 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Johnson’s office said that Johnson will urge countries to match the UK’s goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by the middle of this century to limit global warming. Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau will announce greater efforts to reduce Canada’s carbon footprint.
Brazilian President Posonaro asked the United States to provide 1 billion U.S. dollars (about 1.3 billion Singapore dollars) in economic assistance in exchange for Brazil to reduce the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest by 40%.
Putin said in his annual speech to the Russian government on Wednesday that he plans to reduce Russia’s greenhouse gas emissions below the EU level over the next three decades and plans to increase fines for industrial pollution. When talking about the large-scale toxic substance omissions in Krisnoyarsk and Irkutsk in Siberia last year, Putin said, “If you profit from nature, clean it up by yourself.”