UN and partners express regret over US departure from Paris climate accord
United Nations: The United Nations and some of its member states have expressed regret over the US’ departure from the Paris climate accord and said they remain committed to working with all American stakeholders and partners around the world to accelerate climate action.
On November 4, the US formally withdrew from the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change, a decision originally announced three years ago.
The UN climate change secretariat — United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) — underlined its commitment to work with stakeholders in the US and beyond, to accelerate climate action, in line with an historic treaty on limiting global warming and curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
“We note with regret that the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement has formally come into effect today,” the UN body said in a joint statement issued alongside Chile, France, Italy and the United Kingdom on Wednesday.
Under the Paris Agreement, countries pledge to take action to keep temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.
Asked about the US withdrawal, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told journalists participating in the regular press briefing in New York that “our support, our belief in the need for a strong and active Paris Agreement, remains unchanged.”