According to a US official, US President Joe Biden will not attend Sunday’s climate change-focused global leaders’ meeting in Dubai.
Following news that Biden would not be attending, the New York Times made the announcement.
As Obama strikes a balance between the demands of a Middle East conflict and a presidential campaign that is anticipated to intensify in January, Reuters reported last month that the US president was unlikely to attend the United Nations “Conference of the Parties” on climate change, known as Cop28, which gets underway on Thursday.
The president’s itinerary for Thursday, as disclosed by the White House, includes attending the National Tree Lighting ceremony and hosting a bilateral meeting with President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço of the Republic of Angola.
At the gathering in Dubai, dozens of nations intend to advocate for the first-ever global agreement to phase out CO2-emitting coal, oil, and gas.
Since taking office in 2021, Biden has participated in both of the Cop summits.
The United Arab Emirates, a significant producer of gas and oil, is hosting the negotiations for two weeks, and they will begin this Thursday in Dubai. It is the largest yearly Cop yet held under the 1992 UN framework convention on climate change, with expected 70,000 delegates in attendance along with scores of world leaders, senior ministers, and officials from 198 countries.
Rishi Sunak, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, is anticipated to attend. António Guterres, the secretary general of the United Nations, and Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates, will deliver the opening remarks.
The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, together with the pope and Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, have all been invited.
China’s Xi Jinping is not anticipated to be present. Prior to the meeting, Xi and Biden’s envoys indicated that they would be working closely together.