LatinNews Daily - 20 September 2021

US participates in Argentina-hosted dialogue on climate action

Argentina: On 8 September the US participated in the High-Level Dialogue on Climate Action in the Americas, hosted by Argentina’s government led by President Alberto Fernández. According to a US State Department press release, the one-day virtual event brought together countries in the Americas to discuss their “shared commitment to enhancing climate ambition”. US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry provided opening remarks during the high-level opening segment of the dialogue along with Latin American and Caribbean heads of state and the United Nations (UN) Secretary General, among others. The dialogue aims to build further momentum for climate action ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), which will take place between 31 October and 12 November, in Glasgow, United Kingdom. According to the US State Department press release, the 8 September event, which was co-organised by the governments of Argentina, Barbados, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Panama, included “interventions from governments, the private and financial sectors, development banks, academia, and civil society organisations”. According to a subsequent US State Department press release, at the event, Barbados announced its intentions to be the first island country to be 100% fossil fuel-free by 2030. Colombia, Argentina, and the Dominican Republic announced plans to increase the use of renewable energy, and Chile laid out plans to accelerate the phase-out of coal and decarbonise its electricity sector. Argentina reaffirmed its commitment to formalise in Glasgow the enhanced mitigation goal announced at the Leaders Summit on Climate. Several other countries committed to accelerate their climate actions. 

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