US President, Joe Biden, has invited forty world leaders to a summit on the climate crisis.
Heads of state have been asked to attend the two-day virtual meeting, marking the USA’s return to the fight against climate change. The summit is set to begin on April 22nd; Earth Day.
The US, the world’s second largest emitter of CO2, will also have announced “an ambitious 2030 emissions target” by the time the summit begins, according to the same White House statement, the aim of which is to encourage other countries to build upon the Paris Climate Accord’s goals, an accord President Biden recently re-joined, following the US’ departure from the accords under President Trump. “The summit will also highlight examples of how enhanced climate ambition will create well-paid jobs, advance innovative technologies, and help vulnerable countries adapt to climate impacts,” the White House said in a statement. The US has invited the leaders of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, which includes the 17 countries responsible for about 80% of global emissions and GDP, as well as heads of countries that are especially vulnerable to climate impacts or are demonstrating strong climate leadership.
Joe Biden invites 40 world leaders to virtual summit on climate crisis, The Guardian, 2021-03-26