"It's an opportunity to stand in solidarity with our oldest ally, just two weeks removed from the barbaric attacks there, and reaffirm our commitment to protect our people and our way of life from terrorist threats," President Obama said in a post on his Facebook. "It's also an opportunity for the world to stand as one and show that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children."
At the end of his recent nine-day overseas trip, Obama said it was "absolutely vital" for leaders to attend the long-planned UN Climate Summit despite obvious security concerns following the Nov. 13 attacks that left 130 people dead.
"Paris -- one of the most beautiful, enticing cities in the world -- is not going to be cowered by the violent, demented actions of a few," Obama said. "And that's part of the overall message that I want to very clearly send the American people. We do not succumb to fear."
In the wake of this most recent attack, Obama has made multiple public statements on the matter and last week hosted Hollande at the White House.
However prominent the attacks will be though, Obama is still making a hard push on the nations in attendance to commit to emissions reductions targets as a part of a long-term framework on combating climate change.