US Vice President Kamala Harris told leaders at the Paris Peace Forum on Thursday that extreme poverty and excessive wealth are on the rise around the world.
“By almost every measure, the gaps have widened. We are facing a dramatic increase in inequality, and we must meet this moment,” he said, adding that no country can solve these challenges alone. .
“We must agree that these growing gaps are unacceptable, and we must agree to work together to address them,” she said, according to Agence France-Presse.
The forum, which opened in person and virtually on Thursday, brought together nearly 30 heads of state along with CEOs, NGOs and others to discuss global issues such as climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and the digital transition .
Leaders in France, Italy, Argentina, Jordan, Morocco and other countries joined Amazon, Google and YouTube, Meta, Microsoft, Snapchat and Twitter to better protect children online. The US is joining the calls made in 2018 to improve security and better regulate cyberspace, Harris announced.
Harris will also represent the US at Friday’s summit in Libya ahead of elections in that country next month.
Earlier on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris to celebrate Armistice Day, while Harris observed the ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe.
The event marked the 1918 agreement between the Allied Powers and Germany to end their fighting in World War I. A White House official said the ceremony was an opportunity to honor French and American soldiers who died in the conflict.
Then on Wednesday, Harris and her husband, Doug Emhof, traveled to Sournes American Cemetery and Memorial outside Paris, where they took part in a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of Armistice Day and Thursday’s Veterans Day holiday in the United States. The site honors American service members killed in both world wars and holds the remains of approximately 1,600 Americans.
Harris is visiting France as part of an effort to mend sour relations between the long-time allies. Speaking to reporters ahead of their meeting at the Elysee Palace on Wednesday, both he and Macron described opportunities for collaboration and the beginning of a “new era”.
“I look forward to the next few days where we will continue to work together and renew the focus that we have always had on our partnership and the benefit of the people of France and the people of the United States and the world,” Harris he said.
Simon Sanders, Harris’ senior adviser and chief spokesperson, said in a statement that Macron and Harris discussed cooperation on transatlantic security, space exploration and preparedness for future pandemics.
Relations between France and the United States fell apart in September when Australia canceled a $65 billion deal to buy conventional submarines from France in favor of a deal in which Australia would develop nuclear subs with help from the United States and Britain. will build.
Some information for this report has been obtained from The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse.