Over 40 global leaders participated in a virtual summit last week organised by US President Joe Biden to raise ambition ahead of the UN’s crunch climate summit (COP26) in November. Following years of inaction from the US under former president Donald Trump, Biden introduced a new climate pledge, increasing action and bringing the US back to the negotiating table.
The summit also marked a return to climate cooperation between the US and China, the world’s two largest greenhouse gas emitters, with special envoys John Kerry and Xie Zhenhua paving the way by releasing a joint statement in advance of the event.
For Latin America, the summit was an opportunity to reiterate previous commitments or announce new ones. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro vowed climate neutrality by 2050, apparently marking a shift in tone, and called for more international finance to help tackle deforestation. Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández said the country will ready a more ambitious climate plan for COP26, having already presented a new one in December.
Diálogo Chino spoke with climate experts from across the region to get their reactions to the summit.
Manuel Jaramillo, Head of Vida Silvestre NGO in Argentina
Enrique Maurtua Konstantinidis, Senior adviser on climate policy at Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN) in Argentina
Natalie Unterstell, Director of the Brazil-based Talanoa Institute
Marcio Astrini, Executive Secretary at Climate Observatory
Gabriel Quijandria, Peru's Environment Minister
Silvana Baldovino, Director of the Biodiversity and Indigenous Peoples Programme of the Peruvian Society of Environmental Law of Peru (SPDA)
Manuel Pulgar Vidal, Global leader on Climate and Energy at WWF
Gustavo Ampugnani, Executive Director of Greenpeace Mexico
This article was originally published on dialogochino.net.