Biden to Skip UN Meeting as Climate Change Moves to ‘Back Burner’ 

President Joe Biden is set to miss a United Nations roundtable on climate action Wednesday afternoon in New York, forming expectations that other G-7 leaders will also miss the session on potential international global warming negotiations later this year. 

The expected absence of Biden served to underscore a warning that came Tuesday in the speech that opened the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “The climate crisis is the defining issue of our time. It must be the first priority of every government and multilateral organization.” 

The closed-door meeting is anticipated to be held on Wednesday and hosted by Guterres and the president of Egypt.  

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