The United States has officially rejoined the Paris Agreement, a concept adopted by members of the United Nations (UN) to address climate change.
Former President of the US, Donald Trump, had in 2017 announced the country’s withdrawal from the pact on the grounds that it put the America in a big economic disadvantage unfavourable to U.S. citizens.
Upon losing his second term bid to President Joe Biden, the Biden-led administration assured that the country would return to the agreement to lead in the “unprecedented framework for global action.”
According to the UN, about 189 countries joined the Paris Agreement in 2015 to tackle climate change and its negative impacts across the world. The deal aims to substantially reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and to limit the global temperature increase in this century to 2 degrees Celsius while pursuing means to limit the increase even further to 1.5 degrees.
A statement published by the U.S. Department of States stated that Climate change and science diplomacy can never again be add-ons in America’s foreign policy discussions.
“Addressing the real threats from climate change and listening to our scientists is at the center of our domestic and foreign policy priorities. It is vital in our discussions of national security, migration, international health efforts, and in our economic diplomacy and trade talks.”
“We are reengaging the world on all fronts, including at the President’s April 22nd Leaders’ Climate Summit. And further out, we very much looking forward to working with the United Kingdom and other nations around the world to make COP26 a success,” the statement added.