Guterres calls on US to lead global vaccination plan effort, climate action, welcoming Blinken to Headquarters

“I welcome the many initiatives the new United States administration has already taken to support multilateral responses to global challenges, and to strengthen cooperation between the US and the UN”, stated António Guterres, sharing a display with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and the host nation’s new UN Ambassador, Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

Back within the multilateral fold

The UN chief cited rejoining the Paris Agreement, re-committing to the World Health Organization (WHO) within the face of the persevering with coronavirus pandemic, and re-engaging with the Human Rights Council, as important reversals of the earlier Trump administration’s withdrawal from the multilateral stage.

“The commitment and contribution of the United States are essential to resolve the many serious global challenges we face – starting with the COVID-19 pandemic”, stated Mr. Guterres.  

Ending the pandemic

“To end the pandemic everywhere, I have been insisting and I strongly believe we need a global vaccination plan, and I think the United States can play a very important role on this because, as you know, I have proposed that the G20 should establish an emergency task force to develop and coordinate such a plan but there is no way that this can work without an effective American leadership.”

On the necessity to drastically sluggish the tempo of global warming and take climate motion to fulfil the guarantees made in Paris, the UN chief stated the postponed COP26 in Glasgow, was a real make or break second “for our planet”.

Climate coalition

“We are working closely together to build a global coalition for net zero emissions by mid-century, which has been a top priority for us in the UN for 2021, and to mobilize an immediate quantum leap in adaptation, and in finance to support developing countries”, he informed the highest US diplomats. “Adaptation cannot be the forgotten part of climate action and we very much count on US leadership in this regard.  In my last contacts with John Kerry, he was very keen on working very strongly on adaptation and financing.”

Fighting famine   

Famine is already destroying lives throughout six international locations, and Mr. Guterres stated he was pleased to see the US utilizing its presidency of the Security Council this month, to lead debates on combating starvation and utilizing diplomacy for peace.

“We will work to reach lasting agreements in Afghanistan and Yemen; to consolidate our efforts in Libya; to achieve tangible progress through the political dialogue in Syria that has not yet happened; and to restart the Middle East peace process”, he stated.

We want a brand new motion for peace, from battle zones to individuals’s properties, the place ladies and women are going through an epidemic of gender-based violence. On the opposite hand I’m very eager that we will ship on what I name my Call to Action on Human Rights.”  

The Secretary-General stated that individuals in every single place have been “demanding an finish to systemic racism, discrimination and persecution, and safety for the rights of girls, the marginalized, and minorities of all types.  

“The United Nations is I believe the place to tackle our joint challenges and reaffirm our common values.”

UN ‘the anchor’ of multilateralism: Blinken

In response, Mr. Blinken stated the UN was “the anchor of the multilateral system”, which the Biden administration sees as “vitally important”.

“When we think about virtually all of the problems and challenges that are actually going to affect the lives – are affecting the lives – of our citizens, whether it’s COVID-19, whether it’s climate, whether it is the disruption of emerging technologies, not a single one can be dealt with by any one country acting alone, even the United States”, he stated.

“We need to find ways to cooperate, to coordinate, to tackle problems together.  And of course, the United Nations is where countries come together to work on common challenges.”

‘Profound stake’ within the UN’s success

Mr. Blinken stated the US had a “profound stake” within the UN working nicely, noting President Biden’s personal dedication to multilateralism, as evidenced by re-engagement with UN establishments, “from day one”.

“I’ve very much appreciated your own leadership on these issues and in dealing with many of the crises and challenges that we face around the world, from Ethiopia to Burma”, he informed the UN chief. “We have a broad, broad agenda.  I think you’ve got one of the toughest jobs in the world, but we’re grateful that you’re doing it and grateful to have the United Nations as a strong partner in our efforts.”

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