US President-elect Joe Biden spoke to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday, said Biden’s transition team and discussed the need for a “reinforced partnership” to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change – two areas where President Donald Trump is one multilateral system avoids approach.
Calling climate change a “hoax”, Trump pulled the United States out of a global deal to combat climate change in 2017 – a decision that went into effect November 4th. Biden has pledged to rejoin the agreement agreed in 2015.
Trump also cut funding for the World Health Organization and announced plans for the United States to withdraw from the global body – a decision that would have come into effect next July. Trump has accused WHO of becoming a puppet of China amid the coronavirus pandemic. Biden has said he will overturn Trump’s decision.
Biden and Guterres also discussed “addressing humanitarian needs, promoting sustainable development, maintaining peace and security and resolving conflicts, and promoting democracy and human rights,” Biden’s transition team said in a statement.
Biden expressed grave concern to Guterres about the escalating violence in Ethiopia and the risk to civilians.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday praised his troops for overthrowing a northern movement, but the leader of the Tigrayan Armed Forces said they are still resisting amid fears of a protracted guerrilla conflict.
The nearly month-long war killed hundreds and possibly thousands of people, sent refugees to Sudan, entangled Eritrea and sparked rivalries among Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups.
Guterres spoke to Abiy on Sunday, said United States spokesman Stephane Dujarric, calling for full respect for human rights and access to humanitarian aid.
“The Secretary-General also said that Ethiopia needed real reconciliation without discrimination … where every community should feel respected and be part of Ethiopia,” Dujarric told reporters on Monday.
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