Pope Francis to Speak at President Biden’s Climate Summit
The Holy Father is among the featured presenters on the first of the two-day gathering.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will join dozens of world leaders tomorrow when he speaks at President Joe Biden’s two-day online climate summit that is aimed at cutting global emissions and galvanizing “climate ambition.”
The Pope is scheduled to address the meeting via video link sometime during the second session of the “Leaders Summit on Climate,” which will take place in the morning.
According to the summit’s website, that session will focus on “Investing in Climate Solutions,” although the precise topic of the Pope’s talk has not yet been announced.
Discussions during the session will “highlight the urgent need to scale up climate finance; efforts to increase public finance for mitigation and adaptation in developing countries; and efforts to shift trillions of dollars of private investment to finance the transition to net zero by 2050,” the website says.
Other confirmed speakers at the summit include U.N. Secretary General António Guterres, the heads of NATO and the World Bank, Bill Gates, and the billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who now serves as the U.N.’s special envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions.
The Biden administration invited a total of 40 national leaders to the summit, including President Xi Jinping of China who, according to a Chinese government spokeswoman, will deliver an “important” speech via video.
Other invited leaders include Russian President Vladimir Putin and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, as well as the prime ministers of India, Canada and Britain. Biden reportedly wanted the heads of those economies that produce 80% of global emissions to attend, as well as those thought to be most affected by the harmful consequences of climate change.
According to its website, the meeting is “aimed at setting the world up for success on multiple fronts as we work to address the climate crisis, including emissions reductions, finance, innovation and job creation, and resilience and adaptation.” It adds that its primary objective is to “galvanize the efforts” by the world’s major economies “to keep the goal of limiting [global] warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius within reach.”
The summit is also being billed as a “key milestone” ahead of the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November in Glasgow and aims to increase the chances of “meaningful outcomes” from that meeting.