This is what is known so far about the climate summit organized by Biden

In this meeting, in which Spain will participate, the US seeks to prepare the COP26 that should have been held in November 2020, but was postponed due to the pandemic.

The President of the United States, Joe Biden.

US President Joe Biden has invited a virtual summit against climate change to 40 world leadersamong which are the leaders of China, Xi Jinping, and Russia, Vladimir Putin, with whom Washington maintains a tense relationship.

According to the White House, the leaders of the 17 countries who are responsible for 80% of global emissions, as well as the leaders of other nations that suffer the effects of climate change or that have shown the will to combat it.

The White House also announced that before the summit will announce “ambitious goals” to reduce carbon emissions under the umbrella of the Paris climate agreement, from which the US left under the Donald Trump government (2017-2021) and to which Biden rejoined on his first day as president.

The aim of the summit is to invite other countries to formulate their own commitments to reduce greenhouse gases, the White House said.

Among the Latin American leaders Guests include the presidents of Argentina, Alberto Fernández; Colombia, Ivan Duque; Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro; Chile, Sebastian Pinera; and Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Other guests are the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the king of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz, who runs the country with the world’s largest proven oil reserves.

Prepare COP26

Also expected to attend the meeting are the President of the European Commission (EC), Ursula Von der Leyen; German Chancellor Angela Merkel; French President Emmanuel Macron; The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchezand British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

In fact, Johnson spoke by phone last Friday with Biden and, according to the White House, both agreed on the “importance of developing ambitious climate goals” taking advantage of the summit and that the United Kingdom currently holds the rotating Presidency of the G7, the richest and most industrialized countries in the world.

Speaking to the press at the White House, Biden explained that last Thursday he spoke with EU members about the summit and indicated that he has not yet spoken about it with Putin and Xi individually, although “They know they are invited.”

The US hopes that the meeting will serve to prepare for the Glasgow Climate Summit (COP26), which should have been held at the end of November 2020, but which was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and is scheduled to take place between November 1 and 12 of this year.

Tradition broken by Trump

Before Biden, other presidents like George W Bush (2001-2009) and Barack Obama (2009-2017) convened similar summits with heads of state and government from around the world to address the problem of global warming.

TrumpHowever, stopped organizing those meetings and, during his tenure, he rescinded dozens of environmental regulations and always sided with the fossil fuel sector. Facing it, Biden wants to make the climate crisis one of the central axes of his mandate.

To do this, he created the post of US special weather envoyfor which he appointed former Secretary of State John Kerry, and has also promised to invest 1.7 trillion dollars in clean energy and make the United States reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.

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