Biden’s Code Red For Humanity Pitch To The UN
On Tuesday, President Joe Biden addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time as Commander in Chief of the United States, telling the U.N. that we have reached a “Code Red for humanity.”
“We meet this year in a moment of … intermingled with great pain and extraordinary responsibility,” Biden began. “We’ve lost so much to this devastating pandemic that continues to claim lives around the world and impact so much on our existence.”
“We’re mourning more than 4.5 million people,” Biden continued, referencing the diversity of those impacted by COVID-19. “People of every nation from every background. Each death is an individual heartbreak. But our shared grief is a poignant reminder that our collective future will hinge on our ability to recognize our common humanity and to act together.”
Biden argued that this is “the clear and urgent choice” being faced at “the dawning of what must be a decisive decade” for the planet. “A decade that will quite literally determine our futures.”
“As a global community, we’re challenged by urgent and looming crises, wherein lie enormous opportunities if, if we can summon the will and resolve to seize these opportunities,” he said. “Will we work together to save lives, defeat COVID-19 everywhere and take the necessary steps to prepare ourselves for the next pandemic — for there will be another one — or will we fail to harness the tools at our disposal as more violent and dangerous variants take hold?”
Biden then moved on to discuss the subject of climate change.
“Will we meet the threat of challenging climate, the challenging climate we’re all feeling already ravaging every part of our world with extreme weather. Or, will we suffer the merciless march of ever-worsening droughts and floods, more intense fires and hurricanes, longer heat waves, and rising seas,” Biden stated.
The president then referenced affirming “the human dignity and human rights under which nations in common cause more than seven decades ago” formed the United Nations.
“Will we apply and strengthen the core tenets of the international system, including the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as we seek to shape the emergence of new technologies and deter new threats,” Biden asked, “or will we allow those universal principles to be trampled and twisted in the pursuit of naked political power?”
“In my view, how we answer these questions in this moment, whether we choose to fight for our shared future or not, will reverberate for generations to come,” the president added. “Simply put, we stand in my view at an inflection point in history, and I’m here today to share with you how the United States intends to work with partners and allies to answer these questions, and the commitment of my new administration helped lead the world toward a more peaceful, prosperous future for all people.”
Biden then stated that “instead of continuing to fight the wars of the past,” the U.S. is “devoting our resources” to the “challenges that hold the keys to our collective future.” These included ending the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the “climate crisis,” managing the shifts in “global power dynamics,” shaping the roles of the world on vital issues like trade, cyber, and emerging technologies, as well as the “threat of terrorism.”
“We’ve ended 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan,” Biden said. “And as we close this period of relentless war, we’re opening a new era of relentless diplomacy. Of using the power of our development aid to invest in new ways of lifting people up around the world. Of renewing and defending democracy, of proving that no matter how challenging or how complex the problems you’re going to face, government by and for the people is still the best way to deliver for all the people.”
“We are not seeking a new Cold War,” Biden said, after acknowledging that the Indo-Pacific region is one of the most consequential areas of the world today.
“The United States is ready to work with any nation that steps up and pursues peaceful resolution to shared challenges — even if we have intense disagreements in other areas because we’ll all suffer the consequences of our failure if we do not come together to address the urgent threats like COVID-19, climate change or enduring threats like nuclear proliferation,” Biden said.
Biden also called on the United Nations to “condemn the targeting and oppression of racial, ethnic and religious minorities.”
Later, Biden claimed that the United States is “back at the table in international forums,” such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and through the Paris climate agreement.
The primary message pushed by Biden throughout the speech was one of climate and COVID-19, including a promise to double the climate aid given to developing nations.
“In April, I announced the United States will double our public international financing to help developing nations tackle the climate crisis. Today, I’m proud to announce that we’ll work with the Congress to double that number again, including for adaptation efforts,” Biden said. “This will make the United States the leader in public climate finance.”
“America is back,” Biden noted. “We believe in the United Nations and its values.”
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Author: Ian Haworth