The first preparatory session of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate will take place at the Department of State on April 27-28, 2009. The meeting will support a leaders meeting of the Major Economies Forum in La Maddalena, Italy, in July 2009.
The meeting on April 27-28 will take place at the level of leaders’ representatives. U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern will lead U.S. participation in the Major Economies Forum, and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs Michael Froman will serve as chair.
President Barack Obama announced the launch of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate on March 28, 2009. The Forum is intended to facilitate a candid dialogue among major developed and developing economies, help generate the political leadership necessary to achieve a successful outcome at the December UN climate change conference in Copenhagen, and advance the exploration of concrete initiatives and joint ventures that increase the supply of clean energy while cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
The 17 major economies participating in the Major Economies Forum are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Denmark, in its capacity as the President of the December 2009 Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the United Nations have also been invited to participate in this dialogue.
Details regarding coverage of the open press portion of the meeting and other press opportunities will be provided in a Notice to the Press. There will be no press accreditation for the Major Economies Forum and no press filing center.