The United States officially rejoined the Paris Agreement on climate change  February 19th, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will celebrate America’s reentry into the Paris Agreement at a virtual global engagement summit Friday.

In a statement, Mr. Blinken called the agreement “an unprecedented framework for global action. We know because we helped design it and make it a reality. Its purpose is both simple and expansive: to help us all avoid catastrophic planetary warming and to build resilience around the world to the impacts from climate change we already see.”

Mr. Blinken pledged that the Biden administration will weave climate change into important bilateral and multilateral conversations, rather than considering it an “add-on” in foreign policy discussions on national security, migration, international health efforts and trade talks. “We are re-engaging the world on all fronts,” he said. The U.S. will host a climate summit on Earth Day April 22 for world leaders, where the Biden administration is expected to announce its goals to limit climate change. On Thursday 18th , the White House Council for Environmental Quality revoked a 2019 draft policy of the Trump administration that would have prevented federal agencies from evaluating the impacts of climate change as they reviewed major infrastructure projects.

 

By AlizeLaVie  19/02/2021