Trump expected to withdraw from Paris climate deal, reports say

Toby Manning
May 31, 2017

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said it was "absolutely essential" that the Paris climate agreement be implemented.

The Paris climate agreement within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, championed by former US President Barack Obama, was signed in 2015 by 195 countries and ratified by 147.

As President Donald Trump is deciding whether the USA should remain in the Paris climate deal, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres is calling on the world to unite to fight the "unprecedented and growing threat" of climate change.

Responding to questions, he said: "We believe that it would be important for the USA not to leave the Paris agreement".

He is due to decide the United States stance soon.

"It is very clear that governments aren't everything".

While the Trump administration said it would take its time and consider whether the United States would remain in the Paris accord, the other six nations agreed they would honour their commitment to the deal, Chicago Tribune reported.

Guterres said the United Nations was engaged with the USA administration and Congress to try to convince them to abide by the agreement.

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The United States, one of the biggest greenhouse emitters in the world, would announce its position this week whether to leave the deal or to stay.

"The Paris pledges are historic but still do not go almost far enough to limit temperature rise to well below 2 degrees and as close as possible to 1.5 degrees", said Guterres in an address at New York University.

Mr Guterres said "So we must do our utmost to increase ambition and action until we can bend the emissions curve and slow down global warming".

British Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused of being US President Donald Trump's "mole" in Europe after leaked documents exposed the UK's attempts to weaken European Union policies to tackle climate change. "Yet what we are witnessing in these early years of a systemic response is the opposite". "Those who fail to bet on the green economy will be living in a grey future".

"The falling cost of renewables is one of the most encouraging stories on the planet today", he said adding that in the U.S. and China, new renewable energy jobs now outstrip those created in the oil and gas industries.

"The more we disrupt our climate, the more we risk severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts, '" he said.

The UN chief added that he will work with UN member-states to mobilise national and global resources for adaptation and implementation of national climate action plans.

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