| 26 February 2024, Monday |

Biden convenes world leaders to discuss climate change ahead of Glasgow summit

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.

The White House did not release the names of the countries participating in the Friday meeting. The April meeting included remarks from China’s President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other top world leaders.

The White House said this week Biden hoped to use the MEF after the U.N. summit to continue to push for climate work.

“The president … will outline plans to leverage the MEF post-Glasgow as a launchpad for collective, concrete efforts scaling up climate action through this decisive decade,” it said in a statement.

Biden announced in April a new target to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 50%-52% by 2030 compared with 2005 levels. The Friday meeting may focus especially on methane. The United States and the European Union have agreed to aim to cut methane emissions by around a third by the end of this decade and are pushing other major economies to join them, according to documents seen by Reuters.

  • Reuters