In line with galvanizing efforts to confront the global climate crisis, US President Joe Biden will reconvene on September 17 the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) in an online format.
MEF is an Obama-era forum aimed at enhancing dialogue between major economies on climate and included 17 major countries such as the US, the European Union, China, India and Australia though a senior administration official declined to specify who the participants will be.
The virtual meeting comes six weeks before the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow aimed at setting the course for global climate efforts over the coming decade and follows April’s Leaders Summit on Climate Biden hosted.
Biden will call on leaders to strengthen their climate ambition heading into COP 26, emphasizing both the urgency and the economic benefits of stronger climate action, and will outline plans to “leverage the MEF post-Glasgow as a launchpad for collective, concrete efforts scaling up climate action.
The leaders’ meeting will not be livestreamed unlike the virtual White House event in April at which world leaders livestreamed speeches on climate change and some even announced updated climate commitments.