Oct 16, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Obama to attend UN climate summit in Glasgow

Former US President Barack Obama speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Obama Presidential Center at Jackson Park on September 28, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.
Former President Barack Obama speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Obama Presidential Center at Jackson Park in Chicago on Sept. 28. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP

Former President Barack Obama will travel to Glasgow next month for the UN climate summit, CNN reports.

Driving the news: Obama will meet with young climate change advocates and "urge more robust action going forward by all of us — governments, the private sector, philanthropy and civil society," according to an Obama spokesperson, per CNN.

  • Obama will also deliver remarks on the "important progress made in the five years since the Paris Agreement took effect," per the spokesperson.
  • President Biden will also attend the climate summit with 13 of his Cabinet members and senior administration officials, including U.S. climate envoy John Kerry.

The big picture: The international climate summit, set to take place Oct. 31 through Nov. 12, is the group's 26th meeting, and marks five years to the day that the Paris agreement took effect, per CNN.

  • The summit comes as global emissions are nowhere close to the path needed to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, Axios' Ben Geman reports.
  • On Capitol Hill, Biden's climate agenda stands on precarious footing as its fate hinges on the success of a budget bill that is currently stalled in Congress.

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