Obama to attend Glasgow climate summit

Obama to attend Glasgow climate summit
© Alyssa Pointer-Pool/Getty Images)

Former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaContinuing resolutions are undermining Congress' right (and responsibility) to operate Rising costs top concern for Americans: poll Biden Supreme Court study panel unanimously approves final report MORE will attend the international climate summit in Glasgow set to begin Oct. 31, Obama’s office confirmed Friday.

“Next month, President Obama will travel to Glasgow for the COP26 conference where he will meet with young activists engaged in the climate fight and deliver remarks putting the threat of climate change in broader context,” a spokesperson for Obama said in a statement.

At the summit, Obama “will lay out the important progress made in the five years since the Paris Agreement took effect, highlight the leadership of young people around the globe, and urge more robust action going forward by all of us - governments, the private sector, philanthropy, and civil society,” the spokesperson added.


The announcement comes the day after the White House confirmed 12 top administration officials will be attending the summit, including Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenUS to send delegation to Vienna for Iran nuclear talks Defending Ukraine: US must offer military support not just economic threats Biden tries to tamp down tensions with Putin call MORE, Interior Secretary Deb HaalandDeb HaalandNevada governor apologizes for state's role in indigenous schools The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden to announce increased measures for omicron The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud MORE, Energy Secretary Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmEnergy Department to seek feedback on voluntary nuclear waste facilities The massive messaging miscues of all the president's men (and women) White House looks to rein in gas prices ahead of busy travel season MORE, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael ReganMichael ReganEPA proposes lowering past blending requirements for gasoline, rejecting waivers Virginia board denies permit to extend fracking pipeline into North Carolina Biden administration takes step toward reversing Trump water regulations rollback MORE and White House climate adviser Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyOvernight Energy & Environment — White House announces new climate office New White House office to develop climate change policies Kerry: Climate summit 'bigger, more engaged, more urgent' than in past MORE.

The week the summit begins is also the fifth anniversary of when the Paris climate agreement, one of Obama’s signature international climate achievements, took effect. Former President TrumpDonald TrumpJury in Jussie Smollett trial begins deliberations Pence says he'll 'evaluate' any requests from Jan. 6 panel Biden's drug overdose strategy pushes treatment for some, prison for others MORE withdrew the U.S. from the pact, while President BidenJoe BidenPharma lobby eyes parliamentarian Demand for US workers reaches historic high Biden to award Medal of Honor to three soldiers who fought in Iraq, Afghanistan: report MORE reentered it his first week in office.

Biden also announced in September that he would reconvene the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF), an Obama-era summit that includes 17 major economies including China, India and the European Union.

The announcement of Obama’s attendance comes as the U.S. has sought to reassert its international leadership on climate issues. The U.S., the number-two emitter of greenhouse gases nationwide after China, has committed to reducing emissions by half by the end of the decade. However, Biden is also faced with an ongoing stalemate in Congress over a spending package that contains numerous major climate provisions.