U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said that climate change is an issue all countries share and the U.S. is ''not trying to tell anybody what to do'' when tackling the issue. Kerry said nations needed to "transition in a way that makes sense" as part of efforts to narrow differences on climate change goals to slow global warming.
Kerry was speaking during a tour to Jubail Mangrove Park in Abu Dhabi with his UAE counterpart Sultan Ahmed al-Jaber, ahead of a climate dialogue for the Middle East and North Africa hosted by Abu Dhabi today. The UAE said the dialogue would focus on national and regional preparations ahead of a United Nations climate summit to be held in Glasgow in November. Kerry said separately that the United States was hopeful it could work with China to tackle climate change, despite longstanding disagreements that have affected the bilateral relationship. Later this year world leaders will gather for the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow to build on a 2015 Paris accord to halt the increase in global temperatures at levels that would avoid the worst impacts of climate change.