The United Nations General Assembly opens next month with a major summit on climate change – but at least one head of state will be absent from the global stage.
Three senior administration officials told McClatchy that President Donald Trump plans to skip the U.N. Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23 hosted by U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler will lead the U.S. delegation.
A U.N. official said the secretary-general expects world leaders already in New York for the General Assembly to participate. In June, Guterres said he was particularly hopeful that nations in the Group of 20 – “the most important interlocutors” – would attend.