Time is running out to make the emerging Cop26 climate emergency summit a success, Boris Johnson will tell world leaders on a visit to the United Nations and the White House.
The prime minister will shrug off criticism of his preparations for the historic Glasgow event – and he has failed to offer leadership – by urging other countries to step up to the plate.
He will host a UN meeting on Monday to help developing countries adapt to the disastrous consequences of global warming – as little as $20bn less than the promised $100bn (£73bn) annual fund.
Later in the week, in Washington, Mr Johnson will try to defuse tensions with Joe Biden over his embarrassing return from Afghanistan on his first visit to the White House since the ouster of Donald Trump.
The pair’s discussions will also focus on climate commitments, as well as how to prevent potential humanitarian devastation following the Taliban takeover in Kabul.
On Friday, the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, warned of a “high risk of failure” at Cop26 in November, which is considered the world’s last chance to halt long-lasting climate change.
Mr Johnson has been accused of failing to make the UK’s CO2-cutting promises “a reality” and neglecting to make the summit – now only six weeks away – a personal priority.
The conversation has been left to Cop 26’s little-known chairman Alok Sharma, who was handed the role after the Prime Minister failed to recruit a big hitter.
Before flying to New York on Sunday, the prime minister said: “World leaders have a small window of time to meet their climate commitments before Cop26.
“My message to the people I will meet this week will be clear: future generations will judge us based on what we achieve in the coming months.
“I will inspire them to take concrete action on coal, climate, cars and trees so that we can make Cop26 a success and keep our climate goals within reach.”
The UK is ahead of other countries in phasing out coal-fired energy production, but its record has been tainted by controversial plans for a new oil field in the North Sea.
Similarly, although the UK has committed around £2.3 billion to the $100 billion climate fund, Granthshala Turns out it would come from further cuts to international aid projects.
Mr Johnson has been stressed by 100 world leaders – including Mr Biden – agreeing to participate in Cop26, a “once-in-a-generation” plan to create a way to keep global temperature rise below 1.5C. opportunities”, believes No. 10.
But Glasgow’s preparations have been hit by the refusal of China – the biggest CO2 emitter – to commit to deep cuts and fresh evidence that the world is way off.
The United Nations said on Friday that current promises would mean a 16 per cent increase in emissions in 2030, rather than a 45 per cent drop, in 2030 compared to 2010 levels.
Mr Guterres said: “The world is on a catastrophic path to 2.7C heating. Cop26 has a high risk of failure. It is clear that everyone must play their part.
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