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US president praises Angola's performance in protecting the environment

Angola's performance in defending the environment was praised by Joe Biden, President of the United States of America (USA).

: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA
Khaled Elfiqi/EPA  

According to a statement from the Ministry of Energy and Water, to which VerAngola had access, the US president, who was speaking at the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP27), also stressed that Angola "enlarges" the list of favored countries by the climate change adaptation facilitation project.

"The US statesman Joe Biden highlights the role of Angola in terms of facilitating actions for adaptation to climate change, thus adding to the list of beneficiary countries of the facilitation project for adaptation to climate change, based on transparency, partnership, protection to workers and the environment", reads the note.

Biden also highlighted that "one of the many projects already underway and with satisfactory results is the partnership between American companies and the Government of Angola, embodied in an investment of two billion dollars for the construction of new solar projects in Angola", thus alluding to the an agreement signed in September, in Washington, between the Ministry of Energy and Water and Sun Africa (a US company that operates in the field of renewable energies).

On the other hand, Joe Biden called for "all countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ensuring that your country is doing its part in the fight to limit global warming".

He also took the opportunity to stress the need for countries to "do more, renew and elevate their climate ambitions" and announced that the US is "making 150 million dollars available in initiatives that specifically support climate adaptation efforts across Africa, including the adaptation exercise that Egypt and the United States launched together in June".

In his speech he also mentioned the "African nations considered most vulnerable, food insecurity and hunger, after four years of intense drought in the horn of Africa, the floods of the Niger River, West Africa, due to intense rains, which caused enormous damage to fishing communities and agricultural".

Biden thus summarized the climate crisis "as an element that threatens human security, economic security, environmental security, national security of countries and the very life of the planet", the note says.

Faced with this scenario, the US president shared indications of how his country is facing this crisis "with urgency and determination to guarantee a cleaner, safer and healthier planet for all".

He considered that "his actions" will help "make the transition to a low carbon future more accessible for all, accelerate decarbonization beyond its borders" and admitted that "the world faces an exhausting challenge, especially due to the war between Russia and Ukraine, which is accelerating and expanding food shortages and increases in energy costs, increasing volatility in these energy markets, driving up global inflation."

Biden also noted that the armed conflict only increases the "urgency" of the energy transition: "Russia's war only increases the urgency of the need to transition the world out of its dependence on fossil fuels."

It should be noted that COP27 is taking place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, until 18 November.


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