Biden leaves for G20 and COP26 Summits

The absence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin in person at the meetings opened up opportunities for American President Joe Biden.

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said, “America and Europe will attend the meeting. They will synergize and unite at the G20 and COP26 to push the agenda.”

But this will not be easy. Biden must restore America’s credibility after the chaotic withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and a dispute with France over the AUKUS agreement that canceled France’s submarine contract with Australia.

Director of the Americas & Americas Program at Chatham House, Leslie Vinjamuri said, “It’s about rebuilding the trans-Atlantic partnership after the really tough times last August, with America’s withdrawal and exit from Afghanistan – and the European reaction to this. that. But this is also about concrete issues. So climate issues, global minimum corporate tax treaties and debt restructuring are very important.”

Biden will emphasize his pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions to about 50% below 2005 levels, by 2030 at the latest. But American leadership on this issue also depends on Biden’s climate agenda at home, namely on a budget bill related to infrastructure and social security plans, which are currently being negotiated in Congress.

Coal-fired power plant in Glenrock, Wyoming, USA (photo: doc).  Biden vowed to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Coal-fired power plant in Glenrock, Wyoming, USA (photo: doc). Biden vowed to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Vice President for Economic Issues at CSIS Matthew Goodman said, “Unfortunately the president is not in the same strong position as he could have been to encourage other countries to make further, more ambitious, commitments on climate.”

The gradual phase-out of coal is a major debate, as is the promise of rich countries to provide $100 million per year in climate finance to help developing countries reduce emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change.

China’s Deputy Minister for Ecology & Environment, Ye Min, said, “In the context of the formal implementation of the Paris Agreement, these issues will politically affect mutual trust and the ability of developing countries to take climate-related action.”

On the issue of the pandemic, humanitarian organizations say rich countries failed to live up to promises made at last year’s G20 summit to ensure global vaccine access, instead hoarding millions of doses for the sake of their own populations.

Head of Regional Advocacy at the Medecins Sans Frontieres Access Campaign, Nathalie Ernoult, said, “What we want to see is that they set a clear, timetable for delivering doses of the Covid-19 vaccine on COVAX to other countries in a transparent, very timely manner. clear.”

Biden, a devout Catholic, will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday (29/10), before attending the G20 and COP26 summits. [em/ka]

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