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USA Return to the Paris Accord a Positive Step in Global Leadership


OECS Media Release

The OECS warmly welcomes the return of the United States of America to the Paris Agreement, restoring the commitment of the USA to addressing the existential threat to all humanity. The return to the Paris Agreement was enacted on Wednesday January 20th, 2021, on the Inauguration Day of the 46th President of the United States of America Joseph Biden Jr.

President Biden affixed his signature to 17 Executive Orders on Wednesday including a move to rejoin the World Health Organisation and a move to tackle climate change.Director General of the OECS Dr. Didacus Jules applauded President Biden for signaling that climate action and the coronavirus pandemic are at the forefront of the Biden Administration’s agenda because

“these are the twin faces of our existential threat.”

In rejoining the global effort to curb the accelerated heating of the planet, President Biden has ignited great expectation among Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that the world can move more aggressively in curbing greenhouse emissions and establish new targets for transitioning to a greener, cleaner environment and economy.

The Governments of the OECS and the wider Caribbean have all heavily invested in prolonged diplomatic advocacy, drawing attention to the grave dangers and the damaging impact of climate change throughout the world but particularly in our region.  We have consistently called on the largest contributors to climate change to commit to urgent climate action such as carbon reduction targets and investment in new technologies that can safeguard lives and livelihoods.

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