By Era Environnement
U.S. President’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, John Kerry, is travelling from February 10 to 19 to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Paris, France, Oslo, Norway, and Munich, Germany. to promote common climate and clean energy goals, according to the State Department. In Abu Dhabi, Secretary of State Kerry will meet with UAE leaders to discuss climate diplomacy after COP28 and before COP29.
Trips like a balance sheet?
In Paris, he will meet with President Emmanuel Macron, Foreign Minister Stéphane Séjourné, Minister of Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion Christophe Béchu and others to discuss climate finance and other priorities, according to the State Department. He will also participate in the 50th anniversary of the International Energy Agency and the 2024 Ministerial Meeting. It is specified that it will highlight the main challenges and opportunities to increase the use of clean energy to achieve carbon neutrality.
In Oslo, Secretary of State John Kerry will attend the Oslo Energy Forum, where he is expected to present clean energy solutions alongside Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, and he should, according to the State Department, discuss progress under the Green Marine Transportation Challenge to encourage actions that will put the marine transportation sector on a 1.5 degree aligned path. In Munich, he will participate in the Munich Security Conference, where he will highlight the need to address the climate crisis as an urgent security challenge with world leaders from government, the private sector and civil society, reports to the State Department.
At COP 28, John Kerry announced the implementation of a programme to accelerate the energy transition in developing countries. The programme will be rolled out during Earth Day on 22 April. It is an initiative launched on the sidelines of COP27, aimed at facilitating the purchase of offsets and financing the energy transition in developing countries. Nigeria is one of the pilot countries, but civil society is not convinced. Next spring, John Kerry is expected to step down as US Climate Special Envoy to work on President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign.