Joe Biden announces the beginning of the era of diplomacy at the United Nations

Joe Biden talks about diplomacy in the United Nations

U.S. President Joe Biden told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (09/21/2021) that the United States is “opening a new era of diplomacy” after the end of the war in Afghanistan. Biden also said that the United States would be willing to use force “if necessary,” but that military power should be a “tool of last resort” that “should not be used as the solution to any problem we encounter around the world.”

In his first speech to the UN General Assembly, Biden also defended that such limiting power should be used in “collaboration” with the allies and with a “clear and achievable” mission. Biden said that his country does not seek a “new Cold War” in reference to China.

“We have ended 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan and by closing this era of relentless warfare, we are ushering in a new era of relentless diplomacy,” he said. For the American president, the world faces a decisive decade in which to tackle enormous challenges: “it will depend on our ability to recognize our common humanity.” “Instead of continuing to fight the wars of the past, we are fixing our eyes” on challenges such as the global pandemic, addressing climate change, cyber threats, and managing changing “global power dynamics.”

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The United States, he said, is ready to lead all those challenges, from covid to climate change, but it will not do it alone. Biden announced, for example, that he would redouble his country’s efforts to fight climate change by mobilizing $100 billion. “This will make the United States a leader in public finance for the climate,” he said. He also advocated a Palestinian state as the “best way” to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict and was willing to return to the Iranian nuclear deal if Tehran “does the same.”

The UN General Assembly began its annual debates today, with around a hundred international leaders meeting in New York despite the pandemic and with an agenda marked by COVID-19, climate change and the situation in Afghanistan after the American withdrawal.