US President Joe Biden has invited 40 heads of state, including Xi Jinping of China and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate he will host on April 22 and 23.
The summit on climate crisis will discuss the urgency and the economic benefits of stronger climate action, leading the way for United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November in Glasgow, Scotland.
President Biden took action on his first day on office to return the United States to the Paris Agreement.
The world leaders have been asked to attend the two-day meeting meant to mark the country’s return to the front lines of the fight against human-caused climate change, after former President Donald Trump disengaged the process.
“They know they’re invited,” Biden said when asked about Xi and Putin. “But I haven’t spoken to either of them yet.”
The summit is scheduled to start on 22 April coinciding with Earth Day.