American President, Joe Biden, on Wednesday, submitted a letter renewing the United State’s commitment to funding the World Health Organisation (WHO) and honouring the country’s policies on climate change.
In a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, President Biden said the U.S. intended to remain a member of the international public health body.
This is against his predecessor’s plan to exit the World Health Organisation (WHO) by July 2021, based on allegations that the global body is covering up China over the coronavirus pandemic.
“Following last year’s Climate Ambition Summit, countries producing half of global carbon pollution had committed to carbon neutrality,” Mr Guterres said in reaction to the president’s decision.
“Today’s commitment by President Biden brings that figure to two-thirds,” the UN chief added.
Also reacting to the development, Director-General of WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus, in a tweet on Thursday morning, said the U.S. has played an important role in improving global health.
“We are all glad that the United States of America is staying in the family.
“Since @WHO’s founding in 1948, the United States has played a vital role in global health & the American people have made enormous contributions to the health of the world people,” Mr Ghebreyesus said.
“We look forward to continuing our partnership, as I know all Member States do.”
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