Obama boosts Emanuel's Climate Change Summit

Henrietta Strickland
December 6, 2017

Some 100 leaders were invited to what President Emmanuel Macron called the One Planet Summit in July, following Mr Trump's announcement that he would withdraw the U.S. from the agreement that has been signed by 197 countries and territories.

Obama also met with former French President Francois Hollande, who said in a tweet that climate change was among the issues they discussed nearly two years after they both signed the Paris agreement.

Trump has said the Paris accord unfairly targets the U.S. For example, he argued that while the agreement could cost 2.7 million American jobs by 2025, it would allow China to increase its emissions for 13 years.

U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to withdraw the United States from the agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Chicago officials said the idea is to fill the void left by the actions of Trump, who has worked to reverse much of Obama's approach to foreign policy.

This meeting from December 4-6 will also give out awards to "celebrate the most ambitious and innovative efforts by mayors of the world's great cities to tackle climate change". Some mayors have specifically agreed to commitments to expand public transportation and invest in natural climate solutions such as tree canopy and vegetation.

Other mayors expected to attend include Ed Lee of San Francisco, Valerie Plante of Montreal and Miguel Angel Mancera of Mexico City.

Mayors from 51 cities around the world attended the event.

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