UNITED NATIONS – The Secretary General of the UN, António Guterres, celebrated on Wednesday the decision of the new president of the United States, Joe Biden, to return to the Paris Agreement and trusted that Washington will show “leadership” in the fight against climate change.
“I warmly welcome President Biden’s steps to re-enter the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and join the growing coalition of governments, cities, states, businesses and individuals who are taking ambitious action against the climate crisis,” said Guterres. it’s a statement.
The head of the United Nations stressed that with the return of the United States to the Agreement, the countries that account for two thirds of emissions have committed to moving towards carbon neutrality.
Guterres assured that he expects “the leadership of the United States to accelerate global efforts” towards that goal, starting with an ambitious proposal for emission cuts by 2030 and financing for the climate in view of the COP26 in Glasgow, scheduled for next November. .
“I am committed to working closely with President Biden and other leaders to overcome the climate emergency and better recover from covid-19,” stressed the Portuguese diplomat, who stressed however that “there is still a long way to go” and that Run out of time to limit the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Biden, on his first day in office, signed a document for the reincorporation of the United States into the Paris Agreement, reversing the exit decided by his predecessor, Donald Trump.
Washington was one of the original signatories of the great pact sealed in 2015 in the French capital, during the Barack Obama Administration (2009-2017), in which Biden was vice president.
Trump, however, was always against the agreement, assuring that it was only a way to harm the US economy.
During his tenure, the Republican withdrew numerous environmental protections promoted during the Obama era.
The participation of the United States, the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China, is considered by experts as fundamental to any attempt to curb global warming.