Podesta: Obama to Tout Global Warming 'Resilience' at U.N. Climate Summit

A White House adviser previewed some of the president's goals for next week's meeting in New York City.

President Obama makes his way to board Marine One last month on the South Lawn of the White House. (National Journal)

A top White House adviser said President Obama will use next week's United Nations climate summit in New York City to push initiatives aimed at helping nations bolster their defenses against climate-related risks.

"He'll be making a number of announcements that put America squarely on the side of building global resilience, trying to provide public goods to countries around the world, some of whom can't afford to build the kind of resilient tools they need to anticipate the effects of climate change," John Podesta said Wednesday.

"The president will have a lot to say about that question next week," he said.

Podesta spoke from Washington for a segment on Al Gore's annual, multimedia "24 Hours of Reality" event. Obama is among roughly 120 heads of state attending the Sept. 23 summit.

The summit is not part of formal U.N. negotiations aimed at reaching a global climate pact in Paris late next year, but it's designed to provide momentum for what have often been rocky and fractious negotiations.

Domestically, while EPA plans to cut power-plant carbon emissions are the centerpiece of the White House second-term climate agenda, officials have also launched an array of steps aimed at helping cities and towns prepare for more intense floods, fires, heat waves, and other risks exacerbated by global warming.