Il Segretario Generale sul ritorno degli Stati Uniti negli accordi di Parigi sulla lotta al cambiamento climatico e nell’Organizzazione mondiale della sanità

Statement by the Secretary-General – on US steps to re-enter the Paris Agreement on 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 people taking ambitious action to confront the climate crisis.   

Following last year’s Climate Ambition Summit, countries producing half of global carbon pollution had committed to carbon neutrality.  Today’s commitment by President Biden brings that figure to two-thirds.  But there is a very long way to go.  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.  

We look forward to the leadership of United States in accelerating global efforts towards net zero, including by bringing forward a new nationally determined contribution with ambitious 2030 targets and climate finance in advance of COP26 in Glasgow later this year.  

I am committed to working closely with President Biden and other leaders to overcome the climate emergency, and recover better from COVID19. 

New York, 20 January 2021




Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General – on the US re-engagement with WHO

The Secretary-General welcomes the United States’ stated re-engagement with the World Health Organization. Supporting the WHO is absolutely critical to the world’s efforts for a better coordinated response against COVID-19. Now is the time for unity and for the international community to work together in solidarity to stop this virus and its shattering consequences.

With vaccines being a critical tool in the battle against COVID-19, the United States joining and supporting the COVAX facility will give momentum to efforts to ensure equitable access to vaccines for all countries.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 20 January 2021