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Biden Announces US Return to WHO and Paris Agreement



Washington, Jan 21.- The new president of the United States, Joe Biden, took actions to prevent his country from leaving the World Health Organization (WHO) and returning to the Paris Agreement on climate change.

With the signing of executive orders on these issues, the Democratic president seeks to reverse processes initiated by former President Donald Trump, highly criticized for his abandonment of international treaties and organizations.

Another of the actions promoted this Wednesday by Biden, just a few hours after his inauguration, is the return of the United States to the Paris Agreement.

The Secretary General of the UN, António Guterres, welcomed both Biden initiatives, after the Trump administration promoted a process of distancing itself from the agencies and agreements of the multilateral body.

Guterres welcomes the new declared commitment of the United States to the WHO, said his spokesman Stéphane Dujarric in a press release.

Now is the time for unity and for the international community to work together in solidarity to stop the Covid-19 pandemic and its devastating consequences, the spokesperson added.

Since coming to power in 2017, Trump has not ceased in his attacks against the United Nations and its agencies, in fact, he cut funding for many of them abruptly and left several entities of the multilateral organization.

Under his tenure, the United States left the WHO, withdrew from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and left the UN Human Rights Council.

In addition, it decided the withdrawal of the northern nation from the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Global Pact on migration, and the nuclear Agreement with Iran, signed together with France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia and China, and supported by the United Nations. . (Text and photo: PL)