Remarks by President Biden on the Inaugural Ceremony of the Ninth Summit of the Americas | The White House

Microsoft Theater
Los Angeles, California

6:00 P.M. PDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Good night.  Please be seated.  Welcome to Los Angeles.  (Applause.)  And I most likely ought to cease proper right here as a result of I’ve adopted some tough acts prior to now.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  No fossil fuels!  No!  No fossil fuels!

THE PRESIDENT:  (Laughs.)  (Applause.) 

I adopted some tough acts, however by no means earlier than have I adopted such a tough act as I’ve seen the final 45 minutes up right here. 

It’s an honor to host my fellow leaders from all through the — our hemisphere for the ninth Summit of the Americas at a second once we want extra cooperation, frequent objective, and transformative concepts which have by no means been a larger want than right this moment.

I additionally need to welcome all of the representatives from civil society, the non-public sector, worldwide establishments, and particularly younger folks from throughout the Americas who’re taking part on this summit.  (Applause.)

Democracy is a trademark of our area.  Our Inter-American Democratic Charter, which grew out of the third Summit of the Americas, captures our distinctive dedication to democracy as a area.  It affirms the appropriate of individuals all through the Americas to democracy and our obligation as governments to advertise and defend democracy.

As we meet once more right this moment, in a second when democracy is below assault world wide, allow us to unite once more and renew our conviction that democracy just isn’t solely the defining function of American histories, however the important ingredient to Americas’ futures. 

Folks — (applause) — to state the apparent, our area is massive and various.  We don’t at all times agree on every thing, however as a result of we’re democracies, we work by our disagreements with mutual respect and dialogue. 

At this summit, we’ve a chance for us to come back collectively round some daring concepts, formidable actions, and to exhibit to our folks the unbelievable energy of democracies to ship concrete advantages and make life higher for everybody.  Everyone.

And now not is that this a query of what is going to we do — what is going to the United States do for the Americas.  The query is what we accomplish by working collectively as true companions with various capabilities however equal and mutual respect, recognizing each our particular person sovereignty and our shared duties. 

The COVID-19 pandemic hit our area significantly laborious.  While we account for simply 12 p.c of the worldwide inhabitants, we skilled greater than 40 p.c of reported world pandemic-related deaths.  It’s an infinite tragedy that has left too many households grief-stricken. 

And the following financial disaster, triggered by the pandemic, ravaged economies all through the hemisphere, wiping out a lot of the hard-earned progress we had made. 

Twenty-two million extra folks fell into poverty in simply the primary yr of the pandemic.

Inequity continues to rise. 

Global inflammatory [inflationary] pressures — had been made worse by Putin’s brutal and unprovoked struggle towards Ukraine — are making it tougher for households to make ends meet. 

And all of those elements are contributing to vastly elevated migration flows all through our hemisphere with too many individuals feeling there isn’t any possibility obtainable to them to offer for themselves and their households.

These challenges have an effect on all of us.  All of our nations have a duty to step up and ease the strain persons are feeling right this moment.

In the months main as much as this summit, nations have made significant and concrete commitments to deal with these challenges.  And the United States is making an attempt to do our half as effectively.

Yesterday, we launched our Cities Forward initiative, recognizing the important thing roles of mayors and native governments — the position they play in delivering for the folks the place they reside.  And we’ll host the inaugural Cities Summit of the Americas in Denver in 2023. 

Earlier right this moment, we introduced a brand new America[s] Health Corps with 50,000 [500,000] public well being and medical professionals being educated within the area over the following 5 years to assist strengthen our well being programs all through the hemisphere. 

In the following few days, we’ll be rolling out one other new initiative created in cooperation with lots of your nations.  It contains the U.S.-Caribbean partnership to deal with the local weather disaster, which the Vice President Harris will lead for our nation, and a collaboration among the many United States — (applause) — the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, and Mexico — the hemisphere’s largest exporters of meals — to extend meals manufacturing for export, in addition to enhance fertilizer manufacturing for transportation — and transportation.

Our leaders, all of us, as we talk about methods to higher goal greater than a half a billion {dollars} of — the United States is devoting to rising safety for our residents, working with companions to disrupt transnational prison organizations, go after drug traffickers and illicit firearms, advancing anticorruption efforts, and strengthening the rule of regulation.

And tonight, I’m asserting a brand new financial partnership that builds on all of the work we’ve performed with the area and can information our engagement going ahead.  We’re calling it “Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity,” and it’s grounded on the identical core values that my administration is bringing to our personal sturdy financial restoration and to bolster long-term financial competitiveness within the United States.

First, the American [Americas] Partnership will assist economies develop from the underside up and the center out, not the highest down.  What’s true — (applause) — what’s true within the United States is true in each nation: Trickle-down economics doesn’t work.  (Applause.)

But once we put money into strengthening staff and the center class, the poor have a ladder up, and people on the high just do high quality.  That’s how we are able to enhance alternative and reduce persistent inequity. 

We want to interrupt the cycle the place marginalized communities are hit the toughest by disasters and have the fewest assets to get well from crises and put together for the following one.

Together, we’ve to put money into ensuring our commerce is sustainable and accountable and creating provide chains which are extra resilient, safer, and extra sustainable.

By working with shut associates who share our values, we are able to be sure that we’re not left susceptible to surprising shocks whereas producing financial alternative for the folks in our area. 

Second, the Americas Partnership will foster innovation and assist governments to ship for their very own folks.  People in every single place count on their authorities to assist in giving them just a bit little bit of respiration room, present alternatives for work that pays an honest wage, educate youngsters to allow them to rise as excessive as their skills can take them, make communities safer so households really feel secure of their houses and people know their rights will likely be revered. 

That means directing funding to assist governments ship on these duties, together with modernize — modernizing multilateral growth banks to higher handle the challenges of right this moment and of the longer term. 

For instance, many nations in our area have prospered — have profited over — prospered total, making it tougher for them to safe growth lending.  But they battle with deep inequity.  I’m proposing a basic reforms to the Inter- –Inter-American Development Bank Group.  And the United States is able to put our new capital within the financial institution’s non-public sector lending arm — the IDB funding — (applause) — to assist capitalize [catalyze] within the essential stream of personal capital into the area, particularly to these startup, digital connectivity, renewable vitality, and well being.

Third, the American [Americas] Partnership will sort out the local weather disaster head on, with the identical mentality we’re bringing to the work within the United States. 

When I hear “climate,” I feel jobs — good-paying, high-quality jobs that can assist velocity our transition — (applause) — to a inexperienced financial system of the longer term and unleash sustainable development; jobs in growing and deploying clear vitality; jobs in decarbonizing the financial system; jobs in defending biodiversity of our hemisphere; jobs that can present dignity of with the ability to feed your loved ones, give your youngsters a greater life, and envision a way forward for potentialities.

That’s what that is all about: responding to fundamental human needs that we share for dignity, for security, and for safety.  And when these fundamentals are absent in a single place, that’s when folks make the determined resolution to hunt them elsewhere.

So, on Friday, we’ll additionally come collectively to la- — to launch the Los Angeles Declaration, a ground-breaking, built-in new method to managing migration and sharing duty throughout the hemisphere.

The declaration represents a mutual dedication to put money into regional options that improve stability, enhance alternatives for secure and orderly migration by the area, and crack down on prison and human trafficking who prey on determined folks.  (Applause.)

Safe and orderly migration is nice for all of our economies, together with the United States.  It is usually a catalyst for sustainable development. 

But illegal migration just isn’t acceptable.  And we’ll implement our borders, together with by modern, coordinated motion with our regional companions.

We’ve come a great distance collectively because the United States hosted the primary Summit of the Americas 28 years in the past.  But the “Spirit of Miami,” because it was recognized — the sense of hope and new potentialities that outlined that first summit — stays key to going through the challenges of right this moment and unlocking the unbelievable potential that exists on this hemisphere — within the Americas.

There is not any motive why the Western Hemisphere shouldn’t be safe, affluent, and democratic, from Canada’s northernmost reaches to the southern tips of Chile. 

We have all of the instruments we want proper right here in our personal hemisphere.  Our persons are dynamic and modern.  Our nations are dedicated to working in partnership.  And our area is ceaselessly knit collectively by the shut bonds of household and enduring friendship.

We see it right here in Los Angeles, as you heard earlier, a metropolis that has been formed from its earliest days and strengthened over the a long time by the wealthy and various con- — contributions from folks of all our nations. 

It’s written within the murals, the markets, the thoroughfares that crisscross the town, bearing witness to the historical past, battle, and the indomitable spirit of the folks of the Americas.

This metropolis is testomony to the connections that bind us and our capability to attain nice issues collectively.

So tonight, let’s get pleasure from a beautiful celebration.  Let us go away right here renewed with objective and a renewed partnership.  And tomorrow, let’s get to work constructing the longer term this area deserves. 

Thank you all.  And once more, welcome, welcome, welcome. (Applause.)

6:13 P.M. PDT

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