Leaders aim for more action outside closed-door climate talks


A senior administration official described Friday’s session as an opportunity for international leaders of the Major Economies Forum – a climate-focused body launched by President Barack Obama and revived by Biden – to discuss specific actions to reduce emissions and help finance emission reductions in less wealthy countries.

The official, who requested anonymity to brief reporters, gave no details of the world leaders who would attend on Friday.

The intensification of global consultations on reducing emissions comes as Biden himself continues to push for significant investments in climate-friendly measures, such as electric vehicle charging stations in front of Republicans and some skeptical Democrats in the Congress.

The international push to step up the world’s efforts to curb worsening climate change has been given new impetus by a series of new United Nations scientific reports showing an increasingly grim outlook.

Friday’s session will be followed by another closed-door session of 35 to 40 world leaders. It will be hosted on Monday morning by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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Knickmeyer reported from Oklahoma City.

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