President Joe Biden on Friday urged world leaders to join the United States and European Union in reducing methane emissions, hoping to set new impulses ahead of the start of an international climate change summit next month.

Biden made the remarks at a formal meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF), a follow-up to an Earth Day meeting he’d held in April, which was meant to present new goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to urge other countries to do more to cut gas emissions.

The UK followed suit, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson promising to be one of the first signers of the global methane commitment to cut back on emissions of the noxious gas.

Argentina, Indonesia, Italy, and Mexico have also joined the alliance, while Ghana and Iraq have indicated interest in joining, according to the White House executive summary of the meeting that states that these countries constitute six of the world’s 15 largest methane emitters.

Fight against climate change is one of Biden’s highest national or international priorities and the United Nations’ climate conference COP26 in Glasgow, October 31 — November 12, is seen as the critical moment for the world to commit to better address rising temperatures.

The United Nations said Thursday that the pace of climate change had not slowed down because of the global warming pandemic and the world was losing its struggle to cut emissions sufficiently to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius (19 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels.

Biden urged other nations on Friday to join a pact agreed by the U.S. and the EU to cut world methane emissions by at least 30 percent below 2020 levels by 2030.

“Under current policies, we’ll reach almost 3 degrees of global warming by the end of the century,”Mario Draghi

“Under current policies, we’ll reach almost 3 degrees of global warming by the end of the century,” Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said in a statement submitted by his office.

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