President Joe Biden will call a virtual summit of the “Major Economies Forum” on Friday to discuss plans to fight climate change with fellow leaders ahead of a key global warming summit, COP 26, in Glasgow later this year.
The MEF meeting builds on the President’s climate summit meeting in April and takes place six weeks prior to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 26) that begins in Glasgow to lay out the blueprint for global warming in the decade ahead.
‘At the MEF meeting, the president will emphasize both the urgency and the economic benefits of stronger climate action. He will call on leaders to strengthen their climate ambition heading into COP 26 and in the years beyond,’ the White House said in a statement Wednesday.
In a press release, Biden will be reconvening the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, which aims to “kick-start efforts to address the global climate crisis.”
The most recent results from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) last month, along with an accelerating cycle of climate-induced disasters around the world, underscored the urgency of a dramatic increase in efforts this decade in keeping the 1.5 degree target within reach, said the Communication.
The United States and European Union have agreed to cut methane emissions by roughly a third by the end of this decade and have urged other major economies to follow suit, documents leaked to Reuters show.
The analysis found that the countries under observation account for 80% of global carbon emissions, but that a developing country such as The Gambia is the only ‘1.5 compatible’ country.