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EU hails US return to Paris Agreement on Climate Change

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Following the inauguration of US President Joe Biden on January 20, prime EU officers hailed the choice of the brand new US Administration to re-join the Paris Agreement on local weather change.
“The European Union welcomes the decision by President Biden for the United States to re-join the Paris Agreement on climate change,” EU Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell mentioned in a joint assertion. “We are looking forward to having the United States again at our side in leading global efforts to combat the climate crisis. The climate crisis is the defining challenge of our time and it can only be tackled by combining all our forces. Climate action is our collective global responsibility,” the assertion learn.
Biden signed an government order on the White House simply hours after being sworn in, to reverse the earlier administration’s withdrawal from the 2015 accord, which seeks to restrict world warming and cut back greenhouse gasoline emissions.
Timmermans and Borrell mentioned the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow this November shall be an important second to extend world ambition, and the bloc will use the upcoming G7 and G20 conferences to construct in direction of this. “We are convinced that if all countries join a global race to zero emissions, the whole planet will win,” the joint EU assertion learn. Last yr, the UN was pressured to postpone COP26 as a result of pandemic.
The UN Secretary-General António Guterres additionally mentioned he seems ahead to an period of recent management in direction of accelerating local weather motion. “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 people taking ambitious action to confront the climate crisis”, the UN chief mentioned in a press release posted on the UN web site.
The US was amongst 194 international locations that signed the Agreement in December 2015 underneath then President, Barack Obama. Two years later, the Trump administration introduced the nation would withdraw from the treaty: a call which turned efficient final November.
A brand new instrument of acceptance of the Paris Agreement by the US, expressing its consent to be certain by the Agreement, was deposited with the Secretary-General, later within the day.
According to the UN chief’s spokesperson, the Paris Agreement will enter into power for the United States on 19 February 2021, in accordance with its article 21 (3), the UN mentioned on its web site.
The Paris Agreement requires governments to decide to more and more formidable local weather motion by means of plans referred to as nationally decided contributions (NDCs).
The Secretary-General recalled that international locations producing half of all world carbon air pollution dedicated to carbon neutrality, or net-zero emissions, following a summit held final month. “Today’s commitment by President Biden brings that figure to two-thirds. But there is a very long way to go”, he mentioned. “The climate crisis continues to worsen, and time is running out to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius and build more climate-resilient societies that help to protect the most vulnerable.”
The Secretary-General underlined his dedication to work with the brand new US President and different world leaders to deal with the local weather disaster and COVID-19 restoration.

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