US, China and UK excluded from UN Climate Action Summit invite list

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Only five of the major G20 economies have been selected for Antonio Guterres’ Climate Action Summit in New York, despite pressure from major powers.

UN chief Antonio Guterres excluded major players from his Climate Action Summit list on Wednesday, placing climate credibility above power politics.

More than 100 governments expressed interest in speaking at the New York summit, but only 34 were accepted, with places reserved for what the UN calls “first movers.”

Among the G20 countries, only the leaders of Brazil, Canada, France, Germany and South Africa will speak. The United States, China, the United Kingdom and India were among those omitted from the speaker list.

A source with knowledge of the discussions told Climate Home that governments including the US and UK had urged Guterres to let them speak, but had not met his criteria.

US, China and UK excluded from UN Climate Action Summit invite list

The countries in green are those that spoke at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York on September 20, 2023.

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British leader Rishi Sunak was under pressure at home to explain his stance on climate after the BBC revealed he was I plan to water it down. key policies like phasing out gas boilers and gasoline cars.

Car manufacturers reacted angrily with contradictory messages. Experts highlighted that the UK has legally binding carbon budgets and here strong public support for the net zero emissions objective.

Yesterday, US President Joe Biden announced nothing new on climate in his speech to the UN.

While Biden warned against “the acceleration of the climate crisis”, he has just reannounced a Climate finance commitment from 2021A August 2022 climate investment bill and existing initiatives in which the United States is involved.

He said “the world is on track” to provide $100 billion a year in climate finance to developing countries. Rich countries promised in 2009 to provide this amount by 2020, but at least $17 billion is missing.

While developed countries say they are “confident” Although the commitment is met late in 2023, this will not be confirmed until 2025. Analysts hold the United States largely responsible for this shortfall.

In their speeches yesterday, the presidents of Brazil and South Africa criticized rich countries for failing to meet this commitment by 2020.

“Confident” rich countries Climate financing of $100 billion granted in 2023

China, the world’s largest polluter, was not on the list of speakers. It has yet to release its strategy to combat methane emissions, which has been in the works for at least last December.

Yesterday, Chinese Vice President Han Zheng met with US climate envoy John Kerry. The US government said Kerry called on China to “reduce emissions of super pollutants like methane”.

Axios revealed The two megapowers will host a summit bringing together states, provinces and cities during the Cop28 climate negotiations in the United Arab Emirates next December.

Europe and the islands dominate

Of those invited to speak at the UN, more than half are from European countries or small islands.

Speaking emerging economies include Brazil, South Africa, Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Brazilian leader Lula is expected to announce that he is abandoning his predecessor’s weakened climate goals and working on new, improved targets.

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The leaders of South Africa And Vietnam should provide updates on their coal-to-clean energy financing agreements with rich countries.

The African countries that will speak are Kenya, Ivory Coast, Malawi and Cop27 host Egypt, while Latin America will be represented by Chile and Colombia.

In addition to governments, seven other institutions will speak, including insurer Allianz, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the US state of California and the British city of London.

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