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Joe Biden set to skip UN's COP28 Dubai summit,to send envoys and climate czar John Kerry President Joe Biden plans to skip the annual climate talks in Dubai this week, an event that is expected to draw heads of state and diplomats from roughly 200 nations and the Vatican. He has attended twice before. The White House said it was sending a climate team, including Special Envoy John Kerry, climate adviser Ali Zaidi and clean energy adviser John Podesta. “Although we don’t have any travel updates to share for the president at this time, the administration looks forward to a robust and productive COP28,” said White House spokesman Angelo Fernández Hernández, adding that Biden’s team would continue to build on the administration actions “to tackle the climate crisis.” The two-week COP28 conference begins Thursday and is convened annually by the United Nations. COP stands for “Conference of the Parties” — the nations that agreed to a climate change framework drafted by the U.N. in 1992. It’s been held 28 times, so this year it’s called “COP28.” Countries that signed the agreement promise to work to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions and prevent “dangerous” human interference with the climate system. Their goal is to move the globe off fossil fuels that are pushing up Earth’s temperatures. This year the United Arab Emirates, the world’s fifth-largest oil producer, is hosting the climate talks. The conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East could make cooperation between the nations even more difficult.

  • johnte ndeto

    16 w

    I really don't like how some leaders can really be so ignorant about sensitive seminars as cop28

    • Esther Wanjiku

      20 w

      It is imperative that the leader of the most powerful country attends this and reiterates the global commitment towards meeting targets set for combating climate change.

      • Munene Mugambi

        20 w

        Seems like Biden is shunning away from hard questions that may face him in regards to the US climate policy and why there have been people in government working against it

        • Kevin

          20 w

          The presence of the leader of the free world in such as summit would really pass a strong message about the USs commitment to global warming and climate change effects.

          • Rashid Kamau

            20 w

            I don't fathom if there can be any gigantic reason to skip such a paramount summit.

            • Kevin

              20 w

              @rashid_kamau His presence would matter a lot

            • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

              20 w

              President Joe Biden's decision to skip the UN's COP28 Dubai summit and instead send envoys and climate czar John Kerry is notable. While he has attended twice before, the White House emphasizes a commitment to climate action by sending a dedicated climate team. The team, including Special Envoy John Kerry, climate adviser Ali Zaidi, and clean energy adviser John Podesta, aims to contribute to a productive COP28. The decision to send representatives underscores the importance of global cooperation in tackling the climate crisis. However, challenges such as conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East may complicate international collaboration at the summit.

              • Rotich Kim

                20 w

                Joe Biden absence might be of great impact due to more Investor in US who are causing more of climate injustice.But sending the delegation will not be effective....

                • Gorffly mokua

                  20 w

                  Lets hope that the delegation that will be sent, will be engaged in productive discussions.

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