Joe Biden at COP27 to call for more efforts, under pressure on aid | COP27

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Joe Biden at COP27 to call for more efforts, pressure on aid | COP27

United States President Joe Biden was greeted upon arrival at Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport, Egypt.

Holding out his colossal plan to x27;investments for the climate, US President Joe Biden makes a brief stopover on Friday at COP27, which also awaits him on insufficient aid to poor countries, on the front line of climate change.

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We are living in a watershed decade. […] Let this moment be when we answer the call of history. Together, the president tweeted hours before arriving in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, where he landed on Friday afternoon to take part in the annual global climate summit.

Time is running out as greenhouse gas emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels, of which the United States is the world's largest producer and consumer, will once again reach record highs in 2022, according to a benchmark report published on Friday.

But the American president will also be eagerly awaited on financial solidarity with the countries most affected by climate change.

Washington has still not delivered on its pledge by rich countries to provide $100 billion a year in financing to the poorest, to fight emissions and adapt to climate change. .

The United States must be a climate leader. […] The message to President Biden is to stand alongside the peoples of the planet and future generations, Ugandan activist Vanessa Nakate, a figure in the youth struggle, told AFP in Sharm el-Sheikh. for the climate.

President Biden has pledged $11.4 billion, but a future Republican majority could block it.

We will press for it. passage of the appropriation bills, Kathy Castor, Democratic chairwoman of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, told AFP.

Commitment of the president to be a partner and supportive all over the world is clear. He has been consistent on this, his climate adviser Ali Zaidi told reporters.

And as climate-related disasters – droughts affecting crops, heat waves, megafires, floods – are on the rise across the world, the countries most affected are now claiming funds for the losses and damages suffered.< /p>

The US Special Envoy for the Climate, John Kerry, wanted to step over the issue by assuring the COP on Wednesday that “no government in the world has the money” to put on the table the necessary billions, and that it would therefore be necessary to find ways to enlist the private sector.

But on the strength of the reinforced measures at home, with yet another plan presented on Friday to fight against methane leaks, Mr. Biden will above all insist on the fight against greenhouse gas emissions, calling on other large emitters to do the same.

On this last point, the strong tensions between China and the United States, respectively the world's largest and second largest emitters, are worrying.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres , had called on them Monday at the opening of the COP to assume their particular responsibility.

Chinese President Xi Jinping did not make the trip to Sharm el-Sheikh, but the two men will meet in Bali, Indonesia on Monday on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

Whether it's the United States, China, or whoever, we must confront this serious crisis and act with urgency and determination to rapidly reduce emissions, Mr. Zaidi stressed.

Before addressing the COP, at the end of ;afternoon, President Biden will meet with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.

According to the White House, he will notably discuss the issue of human rights and the fate of 27;Alaa Abdel Fattah, pro-democracy blogger imprisoned and in danger of death after seven months of hunger strike.

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