U.S.-Russia Joint Statement Addressing the Climate Challenge

07/15/2021 10:04 AM EDT

Office of the Spokesperson

Joint Statement on the Climate Challenge between John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, and Ruslan Edelgeriyev, Russian Special Presidential Representative on Climate Issues and Adviser to the President of Russia.

U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and Russian Special Presidential Representative on Climate Issues Ruslan Edelgeriyev recognize ‎the need to address the increasing climate challenge with seriousness and urgency.  They are committed to the robust implementation of the Paris Agreement and its temperature goals, including through significant efforts in this decade and the global pursuit of net-zero emissions, recognizing the importance of enhancing carbon sequestration by forests and other ecosystems.  They will work together and with others to actively promote a successful COP 26 in Glasgow, UK, and a G20 that contributes to such success.  In addition, they will cooperate on climate-related issues in the Arctic.

They also intend to work together bilaterally on a range of climate-related issues.  Topics will include, among others, satellite monitoring of emissions and removals of greenhouse gases; forests and agriculture‎; climate and the Arctic, including black carbon; reducing emissions from non-CO2 gases, including methane; enhanced nationally determined contributions and long-term strategies under the Paris Agreement; energy efficiency; climate finance; nature-based solutions; and implementation of joint climate projects.