The President will attend the G20 summit in Rome and the climate conference in Glasgow.
U.S. President Joe Biden will demonstrate the power of American diplomacy as part of a tour that includes a meeting of the twenty richest countries in the world and a major climate summit with high stakes and far-reaching consequences.
Biden will take part in the G20 summit in Rome, which will be held on October 30-31. G20 leaders will discuss the pandemic, climate change, and global economic issues.
Then he will go to the two-day UN climate conference COP26 in the Scottish city of Glasgow, which will begin on November 1.
But first, the president will meet with Pope Francis– the head of the Catholic Church, of which Biden himself is a follower.
As National Security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters, Biden will assume a leading role at forums where neither Chinese President Xi Jinping nor Russian President Vladimir Putin will personally attend.
“The United States and Europe will be represented there, and they will demonstrate an energetic and cohesive approach both at the G20 summit and at the COP26 conference, setting the agenda,” Sullivan said.
This will not be easy for Biden, who needs to restore confidence in the United States after the disorderly withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and the rift with Paris over the nuclear submarine deal with Australia, which deprived France of a multibillion-dollar contract.
In Rome, one of the central topics will be the implementation of more aggressive measures to combat climate change.
The G20, which includes 19 major economies and the European Union, accounts for two-thirds of the world’s population, 80 percent of global GDP, and about 75 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.
It is expected that countries will set additional emission reduction targets in order to fulfill the commitments made under the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015, which aims to contain global warming within 2 degrees Celsius, and ideally up to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
To achieve this goal, by 2030, it is necessary to reduce the volume of emissions in the world by half, and by about the middle of the century to reach zero.
Biden is expected to place particular emphasis on the U.S. promise to reduce emissions by 50-52 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.
At the same time, it is unclear whether he will be able to implement his climate agenda since his proposals on infrastructure spending and social programs have not yet been adopted by Congress.
“There are no investments yet. We cannot expect to solve these problems without investment,” said Aaron Connelly, a researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.