Thursday, October 21, 2021

Britain’s Johnson to urge climate action during 4-day visit to US

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was traveling to the United States on Sunday with senior cabinet officials to call on world leaders attending the UN General Assembly to take urgent action on climate change ahead of this fall’s COP26 climate summit in Scotland. can be requested.

Johnson is set to co-host a meeting on climate change with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday. The two will discuss the need to help developing countries mitigate the effects of climate change.

“This week, as world leaders arrive in New York for the biggest diplomatic event of the year, I will inspire them to take concrete action on coal, climate, cars and trees so that we can make COP26 a success and live up to our climate goals. within reach,” Johnson said in a statement.

The UK is hosting the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November. The conference is billed as a key moment in persuading governments, industries and investors to make binding commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make progress on bringing global warming below 1.5°C.

The British government says 100 world leaders have confirmed they will attend the conference. But British official Alok Sharma, who serves as the chairman of the conference, could not confirm on Sunday whether Chinese President Xi Jinping has committed to participate in the talks, or whether China will definitely send a delegation.

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“The issue on whether Xi Jinping is going to be there is not confirmed yet. Usually these things come closer to the summit. I am very much hopeful that we will have a delegation from China,” Sharma told the BBC. “

He told Sky News that as the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, Beijing would have to be an important part of any climate change agreement.

“They have told me that they want COP26 to be successful. The ball is in their court. We want them to come forward and make it a success together with the rest of the world,” he said.

Johnson, Sharma and newly appointed British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss arrived in New York on Sunday on a four-day visit to the US

After the UN General Assembly, Johnson and Truss will head to the White House for talks on climate, pandemics and international security. This will be Johnson’s first visit to the White House since President Joe Biden took office.

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