Joe Biden spoke at COP27: “The war in Ukraine reinforces the urgency to abandon fossil fuels”

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The President of the United States warned that climate change puts life on the planet at risk. He also reiterated that his country will meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

Joe Biden spoke at COP27: “The war in Ukraine reinforces the urgency to abandon fossil energies”

The President of the US, Joe Biden at COP27

The President of the USA, Joe Biden: assured in his speech at the COP27 being held in Egypt that the war in Ukraine “reinforces the urgency” to abandon fossil fuels.< /b>

The president said that the climate change puts “life on the planet” at risk. He also promised that his country will meet its goal of reducing gas emissions of the greenhouse effect by 2030.

“The climate crisis it has to do with the security of the human being, with economic security, environmental security, national security and the life of the planet”, said the president before representatives of almost 200 countries gathered inSharm el Sheikh.

Joe Biden spoke at COP27: “The war in Ukraine reinforces the urgency to abandon fossil energies”

Joe Biden speaks in Sharm el-Sheikh (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

“All countries must do more. At this meeting we must renew and improve our climate ambitions”, he added.

The United States is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, only behind China.

Washington has committed to cutting its emissions by 50-52% by 2030, compared to 2005 levels.

Biden, arrived in Egypt to participate in the Climate Summit COP27. She will then address the ASEAN in Cambodia and the G20 in Indonesia, on a tour in which he plans to have his first face-to-face with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Bali.

Joe Biden spoke at COP27: “The war in Ukraine reinforces the urgency to abandon fossil fuels”

United States President Joe Biden speaks virtually with Chinese leader Xi Jinping from the White House in Washington, United States

Biden arrived in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, where he will meet with the Egyptian president, Abdelfatah Al Sisi, who acts as host, and after his speech on climate issues.

According to the White House, Biden will ask Al Sisi to undertake reforms aimed at improving respect for human rights and free all “political prisoners”, while addressing with him the situation of the well-known human rights defender Alaa Abdelfatah, imprisoned in Egypt.

Then , the president will leave for Phnom Penh (Cambodia) to participate on Saturday and Sunday in the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Biden plans to discuss tensions over the South China Sea with Asian countries, a region in which it is estimated that 11,000 million barrels of oil are hidden and where China is in dispute with Taiwan, Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Joe Biden spoke at COP27: “The war in Ukraine reinforces the urgency to abandon fossil fuels”

The ASEAN summit will bring together Asian leaders. In the photo, they pose with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (REUTERS/Cindy Liu)

Once the ASEAN summit is over, Biden will leave on Monday for Bali to participate in the G20 and, as soon as he arrived, he will have a bilateral meeting with the president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo.

That same day, Biden and Xi will hold an expected meeting that will be the first face-to-face between the two since the arrival of the American to the Presidency in January 2021, the White House confirmed this Thursday.

The US government spokeswoman, Karine Jean-Pierre, specified in a statement that they will discuss “the efforts to maintain and deepen the lines of communication” between the two countries, as well as to “manage bilateral competition responsibly,” among others.

In Bali, Biden will also seek to unite the world against of the war in Ukraine, an especially difficult task given the different positions within the G20, which will hold its meeting between Tuesday and Wednesday, and where some nations support Russia or have tried to remain neutral.

After the marathon of summits, Biden will return to Washington on Wednesday, November 16.

(With information from AFP)

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