January 21, 2021, 02.35 PM

The 2015 climate agreement, signed by virtually every country in the world, aims to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and limit the planet's temperature increase during this century to 2 degrees Celsius while working to limit the increase even further to 1.5 degrees.

Biden has also appointed former Secretary of State John Kerry as the United States' first presidential envoy on climate and made him a part of his National Security Council.

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

Guterres said he looks forward to US leadership to accelerate global efforts toward net zero emissions, including ambitious 2030 targets and climate finance ahead of the next climate review conference in November.

UN spokesman Dujarric said that Guterres is sending a congratulatory letter to Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris and that he looks forward to working with them.

"It is going to be, I think, a very active and positive engagement between the secretary?general and this new administration," Dujarric told reporters.

 

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