The United States officially rejoined the landmark international accord to limit global warming known as the Paris Agreement on Friday.
On January 20, on his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order beginning the 30-day process to bring the United States back into the Agreement.
The US had officially exited the agreement late last year on former President Donald Trump‘s orders, becoming the first and only country to formally pull out of the deal since it was adopted in 2015.
Secretary of State Tony Blinken called it “a good day in our fight against the climate crisis.”
“Now, as momentous as our joining the Agreement was in 2016 — and as momentous as our rejoining is today — what we do in the coming weeks, months, and years is even more important.
You have seen and will continue to see us weaving climate change into our most important bilateral and multilateral conversations at all levels. In these conversations, we’re asking other leaders: how can we do more together?”
Biden plans to host a climate summit of world leaders on Earth Day, April 22.