US President Joe Biden has invited his Russian and Chinese counterparts Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping to take part in the climate talks, Associated Press reports, citing unnamed officials.
The American leader himself said that among the invitees there are his colleagues from Russia and China. According to Biden, Putin and Xi Jinping are aware of this, although the president has not discussed the matter with them personally.
The details of the summit are currently unknown. As the agency notes, this is the first large-scale high-level negotiations on this topic since Biden took office.
At the same time, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said on March 11 that the Kremlin had not received any proposals regarding Putin’s participation in this meeting.
The United States plans to host an international climate summit on April 22-23 online. The event will be dedicated to the consolidation of international efforts to reduce harmful emissions into the environment.
UN Secretary General António Guterres previously proposed four priorities in the fight against climate change.
“We must put the world on track to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and avoid a climate catastrophe. We must create a truly global coalition to achieve zero emissions (greenhouse gases – ed.) By the middle of the century,” Guterres said.
He pointed out that global greenhouse gas emissions need to be reduced by 45% by 2030 from 2010 levels.
Secondly, according to the Secretary General, it is necessary to increase the volume of investments in the fight against climate change. Third, Guterres said, there is a need to adopt a security concept that puts people first. According to him, this helps to maintain peace and reduce the risk of conflicts.
“Fourth, we need to deepen partnerships within and outside the UN system. We need to leverage and build on the strengths of various players, including the Council, the Peacebuilding Commission, international financial institutions, regional organizations, civil society, the private sector, academia.” – said the UN Secretary General.