President Biden invited 40 world leaders to attend the online Leaders’ Summit on Climate held on April 22 and 23, 2021. In his invitation, the President urged leaders to use the Summit as an opportunity to outline how their countries will contribute to a stronger climate ambition.
The Summit discussed ways of motivating major economies to reduce emissions, gaining economic benefits from climate actions and encouraging technology innovation for clean energy. Leaders exchanged views on these topics, and some made new commitments.
US President Joe Biden set an ambitious goal to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emission to half of 2005’s level by the end of the decade. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on world leaders to work together to fight against climate change. South Korea said they would stop all public financing of new coal-fired power plants. South Africa is consulting on deepening its 2030 emissions cuts by almost a third compared to its 2015 pledge.
The first day of Leaders Summit on Climate
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