The White House has confirmed that US President Joe Biden will not be present at the COP28 climate summit set to commence in Dubai later this week. Instead, top US officials will represent the country at this pivotal gathering.
According to the White House schedule, neither President Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris are slated to travel to Dubai this week. An official from the administration confirmed to the news agency AFP that Biden has no plans to attend the summit, even during a second window closer to the talks’ conclusion on December 12.
In his place, John Kerry, the US climate envoy and former secretary of state and senator, will be leading day-to-day negotiations for Washington.
“Although we don’t have any travel updates to share for the President at this time, the Administration looks forward to a robust and productive COP28 where Special Envoy John Kerry, National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi, and Senior Advisor John Podesta, among others, will continue to build on the Administration’s historic actions to tackle the climate crisis,” the White House said.