Forty world leaders, including those of the UAE and Saudi Arabia, have been invited by US President Joe Biden for an online meeting on climate change.
According to the international news agency, the White House stated on Friday that the summit is intended to underscore the urgency with which the world must act and highlight the economic benefits of going green. The summit will be held on April 22 and 23 and will be streamed live on the internet for the public.
The statement also mentions that the Custodian the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia and the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, were among the 40 leaders invited.
Furthermore, European leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have been invited. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, too.
Moreover, invitations have also been given to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Biden told media that he had not yet spoken to the two leaders about it, “but they know they’re invited.”
The US is expected to announce an “ambitious” new 2030 emissions target for the country. The White House stated that the summit is part of Washington’s new push to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement.
Other leaders have been urged by Biden to use the summit as a forum to outline their own new contributions.