Around 50 leaders set for Paris climate summit

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Obama also met with former French President Francois Hollande, who said in a tweet that climate change was among the issues they discussed nearly two years after they both signed the Paris agreement.

Emanuel, a onetime White House chief of staff under Obama, says local leaders will "make meaningful commitments" to solutions.

Former President Barack Obama was invited to the summit and addressed the mayors, which included Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

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He explained mayors are stepping up because there's no consensus from national governments.

The U.S.is now the only nation on earth that is not participating in the Paris agreement, Obama pointed out.

"We can not let the President and his climate change-denying administration block progress on this critical issue", Durkan said in a statement.

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The list of confirmed attendees includes British Prime Minister Theresa May and her Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy as well as around 10 African heads of state and leaders from under-threat Pacific islands, the French presidency said.

The charter calls for mayors to achieve a percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that's equal or more than outlined in the Paris agreement.

Chicago officials said the idea is to fill the void left by the actions of Trump, who has worked to reverse much of Obama's approach to foreign policy.

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He says 51 mayors will sign a charter and discuss solutions including expanding access to public transportation.

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