President Barack Obama is set to meet with China’s President Xi Jingpin and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the beginning of the two week climate change summit in Paris.
The first day of the Paris climate change talks on the 30th of November will be marked by the meeting of China’s and India’s leaders with President Obama where they are expected to raise the momentum of the climate negotiations. The conference will take place from the 3oth of November until the 11th of December, despite the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. The summit will be attended by almost 140 world leaders.
According to Reuters, White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes stated that the meeting will “send a strong message to the world about their strong commitment to climate change.” He added that President Obama is expected to pay tribute to the people of Paris and those that lost their lives in the terrorist attack by the Islamic State. Rhodes also said that Obama’s and other global leaders’ attendance will send a “clear sign of strength and resilience in the face of terrorism.”
The meeting between Obama, Xi and Modi is not set for making announcement, rather it is to take leadership and demonstrate the importance of climate change, as well as consulting on key issues.
According to Reuters, Paul Bodnar, the senior director for energy and climate change at the White House National Security Council, stated “These two countries are two of our most important partners in dealing with global climate change.” He also said that the fact that 170 countries have developed comprehensive strategies for battling climate change and curbing greenhouse gas emissions demonstrates “unprecedented progress that is going to significantly bend down the global emissions curve.”
However, Bodnar stated that there must be further negotiations of creating more advanced action plans, because the current plans and targets will only hold the global temperature rise by the end of the century to 2.7 degrees Celsius (4.9 Fahrenheits), which still surpasses the limit that scientists recommend, which is from 1.5 C to 2 C (2.7 F to 3.6 F).
Other climate change negotiators and experts have also stated that the Paris talks will bring a strong international agreement and that now is the time to take a chance of the willingness of the nations.
According to Reuters, Todd Stern, the leading climate change expert said “we are riding on the wave of those 170 targets that have been submitted. The stars are more aligned right now to reach agreement than I have ever seen them – then I have ever seen happen before.”
He also said that the leaders should negotiate a review process that will let nations re-assess targets every 5 years, so that the world is set to a 2 degrees Celsius target.