UN / US PARIS AGREEMENT

19-Feb-2021 00:01:54
Welcoming the United States’ reentry into the Paris Agreement, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “today is a day of hope,” and it is “good news for the United States — and for the world.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 19 FEBRUARY 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

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2. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“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. It is a pleasure to mark this occasion with you all, and particularly with Special Envoy John Kerry, whose own work is reflected in this historic agreement.”

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3. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“The recovery from the pandemic is an opportunity to rebuild stronger and better. To do that, we must invest in a green economy that will help to heal the planet and its people, and create well-paying, stable jobs to ensure more equitable and sustainable prosperity. Now is the time to implement transformative change: Phase out coal. Support a just transition, with training and opportunities for people whose jobs will be impacted. Stop investing in fossil fuel projects that ruin people’s health, destroy biodiversity and contribute to the climate catastrophe. Shift the tax burden from income to carbon; from consumers to polluters.”

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5. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

19 FEBRUARY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“I urge all G7 countries to deliver concrete results on finance at their summit in June. Those that have not done so already must commit to doubling their climate finance. All developed countries must honor the pledge to contribute $100 billion annually to developing countries. I am also asking all donors to commit to increasing the share of climate finance allocated to adaptation, to reach 50 percent. And I ask all financial institutions and banks to align their investments with the Paris Agreement by 2024. I count on the United States, together with all other G20 members, to rally behind these three main objectives and to engage in the international negotiations that will be needed for success at COP26.”

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7. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters
STORYLINE
Celebrating the United States’ reentry into the Paris Agreement, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “today is a day of hope,” and it is “good news for the United States — and for the world.”

The U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry joined Guterres during the opening session of UNA-USA’s virtual 2021 Global Engagement Summit today (19 Feb).

Noting that for the past four years, the absence of a key player created a gap in the Paris Agreement; a missing link that weakened the whole, Guterres said that as the United States re-entry into this treaty, the UN recognizes its restoration, in its entirety, as its creators intended.

The UN chief also reiterated a central objective for the United Nations this year is to create a truly global coalition for net zero emissions by 2050.

In the past year, countries representing 70 percent of the world economy and 65 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions committed to net zero.

He hoped 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.

Guterres also stated we need actions now. He said, “the recovery from the pandemic is an opportunity to rebuild stronger and better. To do that, we must invest in a green economy that will help to heal the planet and its people, and create well-paying, stable jobs to ensure more equitable and sustainable prosperity.”

The UN chief emphasized, “now is the time to implement transformative change: Phase out coal. Support a just transition, with training and opportunities for people whose jobs will be impacted. Stop investing in fossil fuel projects that ruin people’s health, destroy biodiversity and contribute to the climate catastrophe. Shift the tax burden from income to carbon; from consumers to polluters.”

He also noted that there a need to close the finance gap by supporting countries that are suffering the ravaging impacts of the climate crisis, adding that support must reach the countries and people who are most impacted.

Guterres urged all G7 countries to deliver concrete results on finance at their summit in June.

He said, “those that have not done so already must commit to doubling their climate finance. All developed countries must honor the pledge to contribute $100 billion annually to developing countries.”

The Secretary-General also asked all donors to “commit to increasing the share of climate finance allocated to adaptation, to reach 50 percent.”

He asked all financial institutions and banks to “align their investments with the Paris Agreement by 2024.”

Guterres said he counts on the United States, together with all other G20 members, to “rally behind these three main objectives and to engage in the international negotiations that will be needed for success at COP26.”

The event today took place as countries gear up to raise the level of climate action and ambition in advance of the critical Glasgow Climate Conference, COP26, that will be held in November. The U.S. joined a growing global coalition of countries, along with companies, cities and financial institutions, that are developing and implementing plans to achieve net-zero emissions by midcentury.
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