Boris Johnson calls for Biden’s support in climate crisis battle
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The meeting comes as part of the United Nations General Assembly which is taking place in New York where Joe Biden is expected to make his keynote speech today. Politico’s Emilio Casalicchio, reports that Boris Johnson is hoping the President will roughly double the US’s commitment on climate finance after Mr Johnson launched an attack on world leaders saying “nowhere near enough” is being done to tackle the crisis.
Whilst in New York the Prime Minister also met with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos who pledged to give away $1 billion in grants to focus efforts around conservation.
The two also agreed to work together in the lead-up to the COP26 conference in Glasgow in November to see “what more could be done in the run up”, Downing Street confirmed.
The Prime Minister will also hold a meeting in New York today with US investors before meeting Vice President Kamala Harris.
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PM meets with world leaders
Downing Street said that Boris Johnson had discussed the situation in Afghanistan with both Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.
A spokesperson said the leaders “thanked one another” for their support in the evacuations and outlined their priorities.
On the meeting with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, they added: “The Prime Minister and Amir agreed on the importance of the international community working together to uphold stability and prevent a humanitarian crisis in the region.
“The Prime Minister underscored that any recognition of the Taliban should be conditional on them respecting human rights and allowing safe passage to those who want to leave the country.”
Biden pleding more would be ‘huge poltical coup’
Politico reports that Boris’s camp would see Biden pledging double to climate finance as a “huge political coup”.
Yesterday the Prime Minister called for richer countries to pledge more to support poorer nations to tackle climate change and reduce emissions.
Climate Change Minister Alok Sharma said: “A good announcement from the U.S. will make a difference in terms of getting us over the line.”
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