United States President Joe Biden has invited President Muhammadu Buhari and other world leaders to a virtual summit on the climate crisis.
Instances are pointing at the two-day summit to mark America’s return to the frontlines of the fight against human-caused climate change after former President Trump disengaged from the process.
The White House in a statement on Friday said the summit is scheduled for April 22-23.
The US hopes that the meeting will help shape, speed up and deepen global efforts to cut climate-wrecking fossil fuel pollution.
“The summit will also highlight examples of how enhanced climate ambition will create good-paying jobs, advance innovative technologies, and help vulnerable countries adapt to climate impacts,” the White House said.
The U.S. is also expected to announce “an ambitious 2030 emissions target.”
Biden invited leaders of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, which brings together 17 countries responsible for approximately 80 percent of global emissions and global GDP as well as heads of other countries that are especially “vulnerable to climate impacts” or demonstrating “strong climate leadership.”
Some business and civil society leaders will also participate in the Summit.
World leaders invited include US rivals
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Chinese President Xi Jinping
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
French President Emmanuel Macron
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to the summit.
Others are Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Aside Buhari, other African leaders among the invitees are:
Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
President Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.