California’s governor Jerry Brow is traveling to Russia next week to discuss collaborating with Pacific nations on climate change at an economic forum hosted by the Russian government and featuring a talk by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The forum was created in 2015 with a decree from Russian Putin aimed at promoting “the accelerated development of Eastern Russia and expand international cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.” Brown has described the forum as “an opportunity to strengthen our commitment to decarbonizing the economy.”
“This Pacific forum on trade isn’t just an occasion to promote investment, it’s an opportunity to strengthen our commitment to decarbonizing the economy,” Brown said in a press statement Wednesday night. “Every government and every business is responsible for making this radical turn.”
The Governor’s Office did not indicate whether Brown will have an audience with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is listed on the program as giving remarks on the afternoon of Sept. 7, along with Korean President Moon Jae-in, Prime Minister Shinzō Abe of Japan and Khaltmaa Battulga, the president of Mongolia.
Brown traveled to China earlier this year to discuss climate policy and will serve as a special adviser for state’s and regions at the upcoming UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Brown will leave California on Sunday and briefly stop in Nome, Alaska, to meet with climate researchers. He is expected to return to California on Sept. 8.