- President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Europe in two weeks, with the global climate crisis at the forefront of the president’s agenda.
- Biden will first travel to Vatican City on October 29 to meet with Pope Francis before attending a two-day summit of G-20 leaders in Rome, where approval of a global minimum corporate tax of at least 15% will be on the agenda.
- Biden will conclude his visit by traveling to Glasgow, Scotland, where he will attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties, or COP26, from November 1 to 2.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Europe in two weeks, the White House said in a statement Thursday, adding that the global climate crisis is at the fore of the president’s agenda,
The trip will mark Biden’s second presidency overseas, and comes as he seeks to take action to address the threats of global climate change. It also signals a re-engagement of former President Donald Trump with global allies in the wake of his turbulent relations with other countries.
Biden will first visit Vatican City on October 29 to meet with Pope Francis. They intend to discuss the climate crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to tackle poverty, among other contentious global issues, the statement said.
According to the press release, the President will then attend a two-day summit of G20 leaders in Rome.
The leaders are expected to decide in July whether to approve an international tax plan developed by the financial leaders of the Group of 20 large economies. The plan would establish a global minimum corporate tax of at least 15%, and change the way Amazon and Alphabet tax companies like Google.
The press release said details about the individual bilateral engagement would be forthcoming.
According to the press release, Biden will conclude his visit by traveling to Glasgow, Scotland, where he will attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, or COP26, from November 1 to 2.
COP26, which was originally due to take place in 2020 but was pushed back due to the pandemic, will see world leaders come together to discuss more ambitious climate action as UN researchers warn global warming is dangerous. It’s close to getting out of control.
The United Nations released a damning report in August that issued a stern warning on climate change. In the first installment of four reports released under the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, researchers looked at changes in climate that were estimated to be “irreversible over hundreds to thousands of years.”
For example, reports found that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are responsible for approximately 1.1 °C of warming from about 1.50–1900 to the present day. It also found that global temperatures are expected to reach or exceed an average of 1.5 °C warming over the next 20 years.
The Biden administration has pledged to halve US greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and achieve a net-zero economy by the middle of the century. The Obama administration had set a target to cut emissions by 28% from 2005 levels by 2025, but Trump halted federal efforts to meet that goal.
In May, the president also issued an executive order requiring the development of the government’s comprehensive climate change risk strategy and an annual assessment of climate-related financial risks in the US budget.
Democrats are trying to pass a bill that would encourage the adoption of green energy and the construction of climate-resilient buildings and infrastructure as part of the president’s economic plan.
However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that Democrats would have to cut $1 trillion or more from their $3.5 million climate and social safety net proposal to push it through Congress among the party’s progressive and liberal wings. .