| 4 December 2023, Monday |

Biden may not attend Dubai COP28 climate meeting, sources say

Two US officials and an individual briefed on the event’s organizing have stated that US President Joe Biden is not expected to attend a meeting of world leaders in November that is centered around climate change.

The 28th “Conference of the Parties” of the United Nations on climate change, or COP28, is scheduled to take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from November 30 to December 12.

Regarding Biden’s travel schedule, the White House stated it was up to date.

“At home and abroad, President Biden has spearheaded and executed the most comprehensive climate plan in history. The Administration looks forward to a strong and successful COP28, despite the fact that we don’t currently have any travel-related developments to give, a spokeswoman stated.

Amid a Middle East conflict and a potential showdown over federal spending with the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, Biden’s staff are juggling requests for the president’s time in front of the impending presidential campaign season, which they anticipate intensifying in January.

At the gathering in Dubai, dozens of nations intend to advocate for the first-ever global agreement to phase out CO2-emitting coal, oil, and gas.

Biden skipped a summit of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in September, sending Vice President Kamala Harris in his place.

Asked if she would attend COP28, a spokesperson for Harris said “we don’t have any travel to announce.”

  • alarabiya