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Biden invites Uhuru and world leaders to climate change summit

By The Frontier Post Reporter

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United States of America (USA) President Joe Biden has invited 40 world leaders Summit on Climate to be hosted on April 22 and 23.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will be among the 40 leaders invited by Biden to attend the virtual event will be live streamed for public viewing.

According to a statement from the White House, the Leaders’ Summit on Climate will underscore the urgency – and the economic benefits – of stronger climate action and will be a key milestone on the road to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November in Glasgow.

President Biden took action his first day in office to return the United States to the Paris Agreement.  

“President Biden announced that he would soon convene a leader’s summit to galvanize efforts by the major economies to tackle the climate crisis,” reads part of the statement.

Other African leaders invited to the meeting include, Presidents Ali Bongo Ondimba (Gabon), Cyril Ramaphosa (South Africa), Muhammadu Buhari (Nigeria) and Félix Tshisekedi (Democratic Republic of the Congo).

According to the statement, the Summit will reconvene the US -led major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, which brings together 17 countries responsible for approximately 80 percent of global emissions and global GDP.

“The President also invited the heads of other countries that are demonstrating strong climate leadership, are especially vulnerable to climate impacts, or are charting innovative pathways to a net-zero economy.  A small number of business and civil society leaders will also participate in the Summit,” the statement adds in part.

Other leaders invited to participate in the Summit include Presidents Jair Bolsonaro (Brazil), Xi Jinping (China), Iván Duque Márquez (Colombia), Emmanuel Macron, (France), Sebastián Piñera (Chile), Joko Widodo (Indonesia) Alberto Fernandez (Argentina).

Also Presidents David Kabua (Marshall Islands), Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Mexico), Andrzej Duda (Poland), Moon Jae-in (Korea) Vladimir Putin (Russian) Recep, Tayyip Erdo (Turkey), Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (United Arab Emirates) and Nguyn Phú Trng (Vietnam) have received the invite.

Prime Ministers Boris Johnson (UK), Mario Draghi (Italy), Andrew Holness (Jamaica) Yoshihide Suga (Japan), Jacinda Ardern (New Zealand), Erna Solberg (Norway) and Lee Hsien Loong (Singapore), Scott Morrison (Australia) Justin Trudeau (Canada), Pedro Sánchez (Spain), Narendra Modi (India), Mette Frederiksen (Denmark), Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel), Lotay Tshering (Bhutan) and Sheikh Hasina (Bangladesh) will be part of the virtual meeting.

European Council President Charles Michel, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Saudi Arabia) have also been invited.

 “By the time of the Summit, the United States will announce an ambitious 2030 emissions target as its new Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement.  In his invitation, the President urged leaders to use the Summit as an opportunity to outline how their countries also will contribute to stronger climate ambition. ” Said the statement

Key themes of the Summit will include galvanizing efforts by the world’s major economies to reduce emissions during this critical decade to keep a limit to warming of 1.5 degree Celsius within reach, mobilizing public and private sector finance to drive the net-zero transition and to help vulnerable countries cope with climate impacts and the economic benefits of climate action, with a strong emphasis on job creation, and the importance of ensuring all communities and workers benefit from the transition to a new clean energy economy.

Spurring transformational technologies that can help reduce emissions and adapt to climate change, while also creating enormous new economic opportunities and building the industries of the future and showcasing subnational and non-state actors that are committed to green recovery and an equitable vision for limiting warming to 1.5 degree Celsius, and are working closely with national governments to advance ambition and resilience will be key themes.

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