2021 (EN)

The two days of videoconferencing of the “Leaders Summit on Climate”, convened by the President of the United States, Joe Biden, took place concurrently with International Earth Day. 38 prime ministers and heads of state were invited to the initiative, including Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, as well as the President of the European Commission Ursula Von der Leyen and the President of the Council of Europe, Charles Michel.
The meeting was called in Washington even though the leaders took part in it remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The topics discussed include the reduction of emissions of polluting gases in order to limit the average warming of the earth's temperature to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius and the economic and social benefits of the ecological transition.
The president of China, Xi Jinping, also took part in the meeting. Despite the tensions on various issues, Washington and Beijing, the two largest economies in the world and among the most polluting countries of all, have published a joint statement in which they announced a commitment to combat climate change "with seriousness and urgency it deserves".
US President Biden has indeed announced a 50-52% cut in greenhouse gas emissions, while the Chinese one Xi Jinping has relaunched his country's commitment to "Carbon neutrality from 2060".
The president of the Mediterranean Foundation Michele Capasso, presenting the Appeal for the United States of the World, declared "The next decade will be decisive, we are on the edge of the abyss".