Leaders’ Summit on Climate begins today

Diplomatic Correspondent

22 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will participate in the two-day Leaders’ Summit on Climate at the invitation of President of USA Joseph Robinette Biden, beginning today.

The event aims to accelerate actions to address the climate crisis, including emissions reductions, finance, innovation and job creation, and resilience and adaptation.

The world leaders will represent countries which are members of the Major Economies Forum, and those vulnerable to climate change, among others.

The Leaders will exchange views on climate change, enhancing climate actions, mobilising finance towards climate mitigation and adaptation, nature based solutions, climate security as well as technological

innovations for clean energy.

The Prime Minister will make her remarks in the Leaders’ Session tonight.

President Biden has invited 40 world leaders, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the Leaders Summit on Climate, which will underscore the urgency – and the economic benefits – of stronger climate action.

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

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

The summit will serve as a critical global milestone on the road to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November in Glasgow, ahead of which countries are expected to put forward stronger national climate commitments under the Paris Agreement. It also will be a prime opportunity for the United States to reestablish itself as a leader in global climate diplomacy.

The world leaders will also deliberate on how the world can align climate action with inclusive and resilient economic development, while respecting national circumstances and sustainable development priorities.

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.