WWF Statement on President Biden's Remarks at COP27

Today, President Biden spoke to the attendees of COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt about the strides the US has made over the past two years on climate action as his Administration released a slate of new commitments and initiatives that bolster US and global climate action. 

In response, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the following statement from Marcene Mitchell, senior vice president for climate change:

“President Biden’s remarks come at the end of an intense week of negotiations and were clearly geared toward driving the talks toward a successful conclusion.

“The new commitments rolled out by the Administration are a strong complement to this year’s passage of the most meaningful package of climate legislation in the country's history. It’s a powerful signal from the United States on its commitment to climate action.

“The climate crisis is a knot that ties together a host of problems that are each difficult on their own but worsened by a warming planet. Today’s announcements rightly target some of the most stubborn sticking points: methane emissions, climate resilience, equity, and finance.

“The proposed rule for procurement requirements that would require the largest federal contractors to have emissions reduction targets validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) is particularly powerful. The purchasing power of the federal government is a influential lever that can drive the marketplace toward greater emissions reductions and climate action.

“WWF stands ready to work with the President and Special Envoy John Kerry, to achieve a successful COP27 outcome and speed climate action moving forward. “