USA rejoins fight against climate change at high level summit

26 Janvier, 2021, 16:10 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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"We come back with humility for the absence over the last four years and we will do everything in our power to make up for it", Mr Kerry told the virtual Climate Adaptation Summit, hosted by the Netherlands, by video link.

The prime minister will also pledge to make the need for a resilient recovery one of his government´s priorities when the United Kingdom takes over the pro tempore presidency of the G7 at a summit to be held in the English county of Cornwall in June.

He disclosed that preparations have begun to quickly submit to the United Nations a new U.S. "nationally determined contribution" that meets the urgency of the challenge.

Less than a week after President Joe Biden announced the return of the United States to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, his Special Climate Envoy John Kerry will join China's Deputy Prime Minister Han Zheng, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other leaders at the Climate Adaptation Summit.

The CAS 2021, hosted online by the Netherlands on January 25-26, would see the launch of a comprehensive Adaptation Action Agenda that sets out clear commitments to deliver new concrete endeavors and partnerships to make the world more resilient to the effects of climate change.

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Increasing resilience among communities, industries and sectors against climate change, bolstering sustainable development, gender equality and poverty eradication, providing financial and technological support to developing countries and promoting multi-stakeholder partnerships for climate change adaptation would be key to tackle challenges posed by the climate crisis, he noted.

Separately, Chinese President Xi Jinping, at a virtual meeting of the World Economic Forum, said that meeting the targets he announced in September - to peak carbon emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 - would "require tremendous hard work from China". "Climate disruption is a risk we are well aware of".

Ahead of the summit, more than 3,000 scientists from across the world pressed leaders to better protect people from the fallout of global warming. The leaders from Germany and France were among others in attendance.

Developing countries alone need to spend around $70 billion per year to battle the effects of global warming, a United Nations report showed this month, and those costs could jump to $140 billion to $300 billion by 2030.

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