Special envoy for the US climate, Kerry will visit the Emirates, India and Bangladesh – 03/31/2021

Washington, 31 Mar 2021 (AFP) – United States climate envoy John Kerry will travel to the United Arab Emirates, India and Bangladesh ahead of a climate summit that Washington will host next month, according to a statement from the State Department on Wednesday (31).

The leaders of the three countries are among 40 invited to a virtual two-day meeting, scheduled to start on April 22, and which should mark the return of the United States to the front lines of the fight against the climate crisis, after the ex President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the process.

The United States is expected to make new and ambitious commitments to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris climate agreement soon, which would encourage others to advance their own goals.

Kerry will visit Abu Dhabi, New Delhi and Dhaka between April 1 and 9, according to the State Department statement.

The Paris Agreement left countries in charge of setting their own targets and making their own emission reduction measures, but it requires them to regularly review their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

The aim of the agreement is to limit the rise in global temperature by the end of the century to about 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels – at the risk of leaving much of the planet inhospitable to life.

The United States, the largest economy in the world, is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, which retain heat in the atmosphere.

The announcement of the trip comes at a time when President Joe Biden’s government was preparing to try to approve a multi-trillion dollar package in Congress to modernize obsolete infrastructure, while focusing on a move to renewable energy and electric cars. .

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