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WWF Statement on President Obama's Speech at UNGA

In response to President Obama’s speech at the closing plenary of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from David McCauley, senior vice president, policy and governmental affairs:

"World leaders have set us on a journey to a more sustainable future, but it will not be an easy one. To echo President Obama, eliminating poverty and living in harmony with nature will require nothing short of a fundamental shift in how nations work together. The United States must be on the frontline of that change.

“President Obama's commitment of the US as active partner in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals should help bring the world together. And to secure a safer and more prosperous future for all, the US will similarly need to help deliver a strong outcome at the UN climate negotiations in Paris in December to stop runaway climate change.

“A breakthrough of collective ambition and action in the climate talks would underscore the unprecedented commitments world leaders made here in New York and send a clear political signal that change is underway for the common good.

“To match the ambitions in the SDGs and respond to what science tells us we must do, the US will need to be prepared in Paris to ramp up its own ambitions. That must include a strategy to close the large gap that remains between the carbon-cutting pledges that countries are making ahead of the Paris talks and what is needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. This includes making good on promises to support poorer countries in the fight against climate change.”