Macron receives John Kerry, Biden’s special climate envoy

The French president finally physically meets one of the key members of the administration, Joe Biden.

This Wednesday, March 10, Emmanuel Macron receives the United States’ special envoy for the climate, John Kerry , said the Elysee, as part of the visit of the former Secretary of State to Europe to strengthen cooperation in the fight against climate change .

“The discussion will focus on the next stages of international coordination in climate matters , and will be an opportunity for the French president to share with his interlocutor his vision of effective climate multilateralism,” adds the French presidency. John Kerry will also have lunch with the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire.

John Kerry has already met with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday, the first face-to-face meeting with EU officials since the change of government in Washington.

Next summit in Glasgow

He is also due to travel to London to meet with representatives of the British government, which is organizing the UN climate conference (COP26) scheduled for Glasgow in November.

The fight against climate change was made a priority by President Joe Biden , who brought Washington back to the Paris agreement, almost four years after Donald Trump announced his withdrawal from his country. Washington is also planning to organize an international climate summit on April 22, before the UN climate conference scheduled for November in Glasgow (Scotland) to monitor the Paris agreement.

The Paris agreement aims to limit warming below 2 ° C, and 1.5 ° C if possible, compared to levels prior to the industrial revolution. The 27 EU countries agreed in December to raise their greenhouse gas reduction target, targeting a net reduction in emissions of “at least 55%” by 2030 compared to at the 1990 level, against -40% previously, in order to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050.

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