The Obama administration and the Bush administration are set to hold a summit on global climate change at the White House Thursday, the White Hill newspaper reported.
The two presidents will take part in the conference, titled “Beyond the Challenge: The Global Climate Challenge,” during a joint press conference, according to The Washington Times.
The meeting comes just days after President Obama called for the world to work toward a $100 billion in commitments from the world’s nations to fight climate change.
It will be hosted by Vice President Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry, the newspaper reported.
“This is a big deal.
I’m very proud to be here, to represent the United States of America at this important conference, the largest gathering of its kind in the world,” President Obama said in a speech at the conference.
“We need a global solution.
We can’t just wait for the next big thing.”
President Obama, who is also the first sitting U.S. president to visit the region, will hold talks with Vice President Joe Biden and Vice President John Kerry.
The meeting comes as climate change has emerged as a top global threat to U.N. climate action.
A senior administration official told The Associated Press that the summit will focus on climate-related threats, including extreme weather events, drought, heat waves and pandemics.
It could also address the impact of the recent Ebola outbreak on the U.P.G. and other countries, the official said.