President Uhuru Kenyatta is among 40 world leader US President Joe Biden has invited to the virtual World Leaders Summit on Climate on April 22-23.
According US Embassy Chrge de Affaires, Defence CS Monica Juma will also attend.
The virtual Leaders Summit will be live streamed for public viewing.
The White House in a statement said the summit will underscore the urgency – and the economic benefits – of stronger climate action.
“It will be a key milestone on the road to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November in Glasgow,” the statement said.
We’re pleased to welcome President Kenyatta and CS Amb Juma to @POTUS Leaders Summit on Climate. 17 major economies are responsible for 80% of the world’s emissions. As we raise our ambition together, we can do more than just hope, we can act. https://t.co/bwvOiqUyNA #EarthDay pic.twitter.com/xWccp5WuEe
— Chargé d’Affaires Eric Kneedler (@USAmbKenya) April 22, 2021
President Biden took action his first day in office to return the United States to the Paris Agreement. Days later, on January 27, he announced that he would soon convene a leaders summit to galvanize efforts by the major economies to tackle the climate crisis.
The White House further said that by the time of the Summit, the United States will announce an ambitious 2030 emissions target as its new Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement.
“In his invitation, the President urged leaders to use the Summit as an opportunity to outline how their countries also will contribute to stronger climate ambition,” it said.
Other African leaders invited alongside Uhuru are President Félix Tshisekedi of DR Congo, Ali Bongo of Gabon, Muhammadu Buhari (Nigeria), Cyril Ramaphosa (South Africa)