Representatives from major economies, which account for the majority of global greenhouse gases emissions, were invited along with representatives from other countries most affected by the climate crisis.
Kerry has the opportunity to meet with climate ministers via virtuality at the event. Kerry’s normally busy travel schedule has been disrupted by the rapid spread Omicron-driven coronavirus. Kerry’s two last in-person trips to Europe or Jordan were in December.
The unprecedented mention of fossil fuels in the agreement between nations was unprecedented. Multiple countries objected to the agreement, which resulted in a text change at the last minute by India that stated that coal should be phased out rather than down.
The summit ended without a clear resolution regarding loss and damage. It was not clear whether wealthy nations should create an international climate fund to support smaller, developing countries that are most affected by climate change.