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Opinion: The US is back in the Paris Agreement. Now what?

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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US President Joe Biden speaks on climate change, creating jobs, and restoring scientific integrity before signing executive orders in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC on January 27, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

After just about three months out of the historical 2015 Paris climate accord, the US has officially rejoined the agreement. But this is just a first step, writes Alok Sharma, the President of COP26, the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference to take place in November in Glasgow, Scotland. "The return of the US to the accord paves the way for climate action to run like a golden thread through US domestic and international policies ," Sharma says.

Alok Sharma is the President of COP26, the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from November 1 to November 12.

On Friday, President Joe Biden delivered on a key climate campaign pledge by re-joining the Paris Agreement -- the international climate accord agreed in 2015 by world nations to tackle global warming.

The return of the US paves the way for climate action to run like a golden thread through US domestic and international policies -- mirroring our approach in the United Kingdom as we prepare to welcome world leaders to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, in Glasgow this November.

As President of COP26, I have been engaging extensively with governments around the world, at summits and in meetings with individual leaders -- most recently Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India -- on the need for ambitious policies and commitments to deliver climate action.

Enlightened business leaders will tell you that tackling climate change represents an unprecedented opportunity for investment and economic growth.

And so, I look forward to working as a matter of urgency with President Biden's administration and governments around the world, to deliver decisive climate action on the road to and at Glasgow.

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