President Biden Invites PM Browne and 39 other World Leaders to Leaders Summit on Climate

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Today, President Biden invited 40 world leaders to the Leaders Summit on Climate he will host on April 22 and 23.  The virtual Leaders Summit will be live streamed for public viewing.

President Biden took action his first day in office to return the United States to the Paris Agreement.  Days later, on January 27, he announced that he would soon convene a leaders summit to galvanize efforts by the major economies to tackle the climate crisis.

The Leaders Summit on Climate will underscore the urgency – and the economic benefits – of stronger climate action.  It will be a key milestone on the road to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November in Glasgow.

In recent years, scientists have underscored the need to limit planetary warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius in order to stave off the worst impacts of climate change.  A key goal of both the Leaders Summit and COP26 will be to catalyze efforts that keep that 1.5-degree goal within reach.  The Summit will also highlight examples of how enhanced climate ambition will create good paying jobs, advance innovative technologies, and help vulnerable countries adapt to climate impacts.

By the time of the Summit, the United States will announce an ambitious 2030 emissions target as its new Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement.  In his invitation, the President urged leaders to use the Summit as an opportunity to outline how their countries also will contribute to stronger climate ambition.

The Summit will reconvene the U.S.-led Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, which brings together 17 countries responsible for approximately 80 percent of global emissions and global GDP.  The President also invited the heads of other countries that are demonstrating strong climate leadership, are especially vulnerable to climate impacts, or are charting innovative pathways to a net-zero economy.  A small number of business and civil society leaders will also participate in the Summit.

Key themes of the Summit will include:

  • Galvanizing efforts by the world’s major economies to reduce emissions during this critical decade to keep a limit to warming of 1.5 degree Celsius within reach.
  • Mobilizing public and private sector finance to drive the net-zero transition and to help vulnerable countries cope with climate impacts.
  • The economic benefits of climate action, with a strong emphasis on job creation, and the importance of ensuring all communities and workers benefit from the transition to a new clean energy economy.
  • Spurring transformational technologies that can help reduce emissions and adapt to climate change, while also creating enormous new economic opportunities and building the industries of the future.
  • Showcasing subnational and non-state actors that are committed to green recovery and an equitable vision for limiting warming to 1.5 degree Celsius, and are working closely with national governments to advance ambition and resilience.
  • Discussing opportunities to strengthen capacity to protect lives and livelihoods from the impacts of climate change, address the global security challenges posed by climate change and the impact on readiness, and address the role of nature-based solutions in achieving net zero by 2050 goals.

Further details on the Summit agenda, additional participants, media access, and public viewing will be provided in the coming weeks.

The President invited the following leaders to participate in the Summit:

  • Prime Minister Gaston Browne, Antigua and Barbuda
  • President Alberto Fernandez, Argentina
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Australia
  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh
  • Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, Bhutan
  • President Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada
  • President Sebastián Piñera, Chile
  • President Xi Jinping, People’s Republic of China
  • President Iván Duque Márquez, Colombia
  • President Félix Tshisekedi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Denmark
  • President Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission
  • President Charles Michel, European Council
  • President Emmanuel Macron, France
  • President Ali Bongo Ondimba, Gabon
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India
  • President Joko Widodo, Indonesia
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel
  • Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Italy
  • Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Jamaica
  • Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Japan
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya
  • President David Kabua, Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand
  • President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria
  • Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Norway
  • President Andrzej Duda, Poland
  • President Moon Jae-in, Republic of Korea
  • President Vladimir Putin, The Russian Federation
  • King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore
  • President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa
  • Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, Spain
  • President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey
  • President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, United Arab Emirates
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson, United Kingdom
  • President Nguyễn Phú Trọng, Vietnam

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Climate Change? What is that? Gaston Browne is an inspiration to the world of Pointe.Next thing he would be walking on water.That I know would never happen.He should try and part the Caribbean Sea.

  2. I am just waiting for the comments of JUST SAYING and FROM THE SIDELINE that Gaston Browne is the greatest leader in the Caribbean and perhaps the world because he is invited along with 39 other world leaders to a Climate conference by the President of the United States. Come on guys I thought your hyperbolic commendations would be put out already.

  3. As Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States for the period of 2021 to 2022. A group of 44 small Islands that are gravely affected by ramifications of climate change. As some would believe is taking place.

    Was he invited to participate in the conference via zoom with President Biden and other world leaders because of his chairmanship position? Highly likely?

    Remember he did write a letter to President Biden dated January 20, 2021 congratulating him for the United States rejoining the Paris Climate Accord in his capacity as chairman. Expressing his delight and looking forward to discussing the impact of climate change has on vulnerable countries such as Antigua and Barbuda.

    So it’s no coincidence he’s taking part in the conference. He should be in his capacity as the chairman. Not know great accomplishment on his part. It’s a rotational chair. It could have been Ralphy boy down in St. Vincent.

    Remember when some of you kicked up.When Prime Minister Lester Bird was the Chairman of Caricom. Leading up to the 2004 election and he had to chair a conference of the Heads of Government of Caricom.

    He’ll be on the world stage for once. So he better start preparing and not having to rely on note cards when asked or is asking a question and be ready to defend the position of the 44 island group as their chairman.

  4. Hon.Gaston Browne GREATEST LEADER in the CARIBBEAN. A nan with vision.

    Next election RESULTS

    ABLP 17 SEATS. UPP 00 SEAT. DNA 00 SEAT. BARBUDA 00 SEAT.

    HAROLD LOVELL bank is called ( WHERE THERE IS A WILL…THERE IS A WAY ) UPP Dead / Finished.

  5. @ FREETOWNSON
    DON’T worry about Hon.Gaston Browne. He can handle Himself.He is the best. You should worry about your UPP Candidate running in FREETOWN VILLAGE. He should not running for Politics because of His TROUBLED PAST.So take note .These are the type of Persons your UPP attracts.

    • If SHERFIELD BOWEN was instead running on the ABLP ticket, you would not hear the end of the criticisms and condemnation from Gisele Isaac and Algernon Watts

  6. By me referencing Lester Bird’s condemnation should squarely put you in the mind frame that I am nonpartisan. I agree. The UPP rep. has know standing to run to represent arwe. Since you want to talk about that. Individuals with mental health, legal issues, money laundering, drug sales etc.. should not be eligible either. So Blenden don’t be hypocritical.

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