President Biden standing at lectern on stage balcony, flanked by seated people (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)
President Biden calls for unity in the United States and with international partners during his January 20 inaugural address in Washington. (© Patrick Semansky/AP Images)

The United States, under President Biden’s leadership, will work with international partners to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges.

In his January 20 inaugural address, Biden, the 46th president of the United States, acknowledged the country faces historic challenges and urged the nation to “look ahead in our uniquely American way — restless, bold, optimistic.”

Biden called for unity within the country and partnership with other nations in tackling global challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis. The United States, he said, will be “a strong and trusted partner for peace, progress, and security.”

After his speech, Biden set to work tackling those issues in a series of actions, including rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement and renewing America’s commitment to the World Health Organization.

Below are highlights from Biden’s inaugural address:

“So here’s my message to those beyond our borders. America has been tested, and we’ve come out stronger for it. We will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again. Not to meet yesterday’s challenges, but today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. And we’ll lead not merely by the example of our power, but by the power of our example. We’ll be a strong and trusted partner for peace, progress, and security.”

Biden quote on repairing alliances

“Today, we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause, the cause of democracy.”

“History, faith, and reason show the way, the way of unity. We can see each other not as adversaries but as neighbors. We can treat each other with dignity and respect.”

“We have never, ever, ever failed in America when we have acted together.”

“May this be the story that guides us, the story that inspires us, and the story that tells ages yet to come that we answered the call of history, we met the moment. Democracy and hope, truth and justice, did not die on our watch, but thrived, that America secured liberty at home and stood once again as a beacon to the world. That is what we owe our forebears, one another, and generations to follow.”

“It is a time for boldness, for there is so much to do.”