Biden signs wide range of orders, including to rejoin Paris climate accord
2021-01-21 | Since 1 Month
US President Joe Biden signed executive orders to launch his administration on Wednesday, including a decision to rejoin the Paris climate accord and a mask mandate for all federal buildings.
The orders included keeping the US in the World Health Organisation, ending the ban on entries from mostly Muslim-majority countries, bolstering environmental protection and strengthening the fight against Covid-19.
Also among the directives was a halt on building the wall on the Mexico border and moves to expand diversity and equality for minority groups in the federal government.
The orders were aimed at reversing decisions by Donald Trump and setting a clear policy path for Mr Biden's administration, just hours after he was sworn in as president.
"Some of the things we are going to be doing are going to be bold," he said in the Oval Office.
"We are going to combat climate change in a way we have not done so far."
Mr Biden said that included returning to the Paris agreement, a treaty signed by most nations and the EU in 2015 and put into effect in 2016 to limit global warming.