US President Joe Biden will travel to Glasgow for crucial COP26 climate discussions, the White House has confirmed. Biden will be one of around 120 leaders set to attend the world leaders’ summit at the start of the two-week conference, which aims to drive action to reduce global warming and avoid its most dangerous impacts.
Now the eyes of the world are on all of nations to translate political will and positive intentions into concrete commitments and practical action, commensurate with keeping 1.5 degrees Celsius alive. Biden, America’s second Catholic president, and his wife Jill will also have an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on 29 October ahead of the G20.
The 78-year-old Biden is a practicing Catholic, who attends Mass at least once a week. John F. Kennedy was the country’s first Catholic president. Following his time in Italy, Biden will travel to the UK for the crucial COP26 climate summit.
The US charge d’affaires, Philip Reeker today confirmed the plans in a tweet: “It’s official – President Biden will travel to Scotland for COP26. The gathering in Glasgow will be a pivotal moment on the road towards a more secure, prosperous, and sustainable future for our planet.” Ahead of the discusions, COP26 president Alok Sharma has urged world leaders to honour the Paris Agreement in 2015, which committed countries to try to limit global temperature rises to 1.5 deg. celsius - beyond which the most dangerous climate impacts will be felt.