President Joe Biden will host a meeting of world leaders on Friday to discuss stepping up efforts to combat climate change, in order to create momentum ahead of an international summit on the issue later this year.
Biden will convene a virtual meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) from the White House, following up on an Earth Day event he staged in April to announce new US greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and encourage other countries to do more to reduce theirs.
In the aftermath of deadly floods and wildfires across the United States, Biden has emphasized climate change several times in recent weeks.
Taking on the problem is one of his top domestic and international goals, and the United Nations COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, which runs from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12, is considered as a key opportunity for the world to agree to doing more to slow global warming.
Biden is seeking to enlist the support of major emitters in order to make COP26 a success.