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UN Secretary-General welcomes US return to Paris Agreement and WHO

UN Secretary-General welcomes US return to Paris Agreement and WHO

Information picture: United Nations Secretary-General Guterres. Photo by Liao Pan, reporter of China News Service

United Nations, January 20th – United Nations Secretary-General Guterres issued a statement on the 20th welcoming the return of the United States to the Paris Agreement and the World Health Organization.

After Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on the same day, he signed a series of executive orders, including the United States to rejoin the Paris Agreement and the WHO.

Guterres said in a statement that after the 2020 Climate Ambition Summit, several major carbon emitter countries, which account for half of the global carbon emissions, have pledged to achieve carbon neutrality in the future.

The return of the United States to the Paris Agreement and the commitment made by President Biden mean that the countries that account for two-thirds of the world’s carbon emissions are committed to carbon neutrality.

Carbon neutralization refers to the calculation of the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions directly or indirectly generated by enterprises, groups or individuals within a certain period of time, which offsets their own emissions by afforestation, energy conservation and emission reduction, etc., and achieves “zero carbon dioxide emissions”.

Biden said last December that the United States will be carbon neutral by 2050.

Guterres said that the United States is expected to play a leading role in accelerating global efforts to achieve “net zero emissions” of carbon dioxide. Guterres specifically suggested that it is hoped that before the twenty-sixth session of the Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change in Glasgow later this year, the United States will be able to propose a new commitment to nationally owned contributions, including ambitious climate targets and climate financing plans for 2030, which will become the leadership of the United States.

An important part. He will be committed to working closely with President Biden and other leaders to overcome the climate emergency and better recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Guterres welcomed the return of the United States to the WHO in another statement on the same day. In a statement, he said that supporting WHO is “absolutely critical” to better coordinate the world’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Vaccines are an important tool in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic. The United States’ participation in and support of the Global Access to COVID-19 vaccine mechanism will help ensure equitable access to all countries.

During the administration of former U.S. President Trump, the United States withdrew from many international organizations and multilateral treaties.

In July 2020, the United States announced its withdrawal from WHO; in November of the same year, the United States officially withdrew from the Paris Agreement.

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