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US Officially Back in Paris Pact – UN Very Happy

John Kerry US Special Envoy on Climate and Antonio Guterres UN Secretary General talking virtually on the occasion of United States formal rejoining Paris Climate Pact 19 February 2021 (UN photo taken virtually from UN photo library)

Elizabeth Cousens of UN Foundation New York (UN Foundation photo)

John Kerry US Special Envoy on Climate and Antonio Guterres UN Secretary General talking virtually on the occasion of United States formal rejoining Paris Climate Pact 19 February 2021 (UN photo taken virtually from UN photo library)

John Kerry US Special Envoy on Climate and Antonio Guterres UN Secretary General talking virtually on the occasion of United States formal rejoining Paris Climate Pact 19 February 2021 (UN photo taken virtually from UN photo library)

WebPublicaPress (UNITED NATIONS) NEW YORK and (AP) WASHINGTON — “Today is a day of hope, as the United States officially rejoins the Paris Agreement. This is good news for the United States — and for the world,” UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said welcoming Biden Administration Special Envoy John Kerry. UN Chief also reminded that Kerry’s “own work is reflected in this historic agreement.”

In obvious celebratory spirit Guterres said United States re-entry into this treaty is also recognized as “restoration, in its entirety, as its creators intended.”

Moving together

“Welcome back,” said UN Secretary General, emphasizing  that the Paris Agreement is a historic achievement. “But the commitments made so far are not enough. And even those commitments made in Paris are not being met,” Guterres stressed, WebPublicaPress (WPP) reported from the United Nations in New York.

According to Guterres the central objective for the United Nations this year is “to create a truly global coalition for net zero emissions by 2050.” He reminded that in the past year, countries representing 70 percent of the world economy and 65 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions committed to net zero.

“I hope that the United [States] will formally join this coalition very soon, as pledged by President Biden, and will present its concrete plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050,” UN Secretary General said, WPP reported.

“Today as you heard and as you know, it is absolutely official: The United States is, once again, a party to the Paris Agreement,” former US Secretary of State John Kerry – now the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate said while praising the role of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in this action, calling him a great leader and a friend.

Elizabeth Cousens of UN Foundation New York (UN Foundation photo)

Elizabeth Cousens of UN Foundation New York (UN Foundation photo)

Kerry has an absolutely “pivotal role in this year and coming years in the reassertion of US climate leadership and in our collective fight for a healthy, fair and sustainable future,”  said Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation; this event was organized in New York under the auspices of this Foundation.

Kerry opted for a direct response

Kerry said joining Paris Climate pact places on US a special responsibility. “We rejoin the international climate effort with humility and with ambition. Humility knowing that we lost four years during which America was absent from the table. And humility in knowing that today no country and no continent is getting the job done.”

And he talked about US ambitions, “knowing that Paris alone will not do what science tells us we must do together.” Kerry specifically mentioned COP in November, this November, when all nations go to Glasgow - the implementation of the Paris Climate pact will be discussed in more detail.

“Needless to say for all of us here partaking in this, in this moment failure is not an option. And that’s why raising the ambition is so vitally important,” Kerry said.

And he said “everything has to be done with a greater sense of urgency, with the determination that we have to win this fight.”

Can we do that? Can we win it, he asked. And he respondent immediately:

“Absolutely, my friends, we can. We need the United States and every country to determine they will get on a path toward net zero emissions by 2050.”

It can even be said that such speed and unambiguous response was not immediately expected from the Americans. But Kerry opted for a direct speech. He confirmed the readiness of the Biden Administration to join forces with the UN and other countries that want to achieve the given ambition by the middle of this century.

“Hey! We commit, here we are. Yeah, we’ll do it by 2050,” John Kerry confirmed, according to WPP UN reporting.

World embrace America returning back

Earlier world leaders welcomed the United States’ official return to the Paris climate accord Friday (19 February 2021),  Associated Press (AP) reported. (Click here for full AP story)

Even as US president Joe Biden noted the country’s first day back in the climate pact, the globe’s dangerous warming was just one of a long list of urgent problems he raised in a video speech to European leaders on Friday, a month into his administration. Before bringing up climate issues, he touched on the global pandemic, sputtering national economies and tense relations with China, among other matters that threaten to impede and delay tackling the nation’s status as the world’s top carbon polluter after China, AP reported as well.

“Despite all the other challenges, Biden said, speaking to the Munich security conference, “we can no longer delay or do the bare minimum to address climate change. This is a global existential crisis, and all of us will suffer if we fail.”

Joe Biden US Vice-President (Wikipedia photo - for education only)

Joe Biden US Vice-President (Wikipedia photo – for education only)

Biden signed an executive order on his first day in office reversing the pullout ordered by President Donald Trump. Trump said soon after he took office that he would start the process of pulling the U.S. from the Paris accord, but it didn’t take effect until Nov. 4, 2020, because of provisions in the agreement.

Officially, the United States was only out of the worldwide global climate pact for 107 days. It was part of Trump’s withdrawal from global allegiances in general and his oft-stated but false view that global warming was a laughably mistaken take by the world’s scientists.

More broadly, Trump reversed Obama-era initiatives to rein in oil, gas and coal emissions and opened new federal lands and waters to exploration and drilling. Biden is working to overturn those measures and additionally has pledged a $2 trillion remake of US power grids, transportation systems and other infrastructure to sharply cut fossil fuel pollution.

While Friday’s return is heavily symbolic, world leaders say they expect America to prove its seriousness to the cause. They are particularly eager for the United States to announce its new national 2030 target for cutting fossil fuel emissions, which scientists agree are altering the Earth’s climate and worsening the extremes of drought, hurricanes, flooding and other natural disasters,” AP reported.

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