Geneva/Washington: The US has begun the process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, notifying the UN of its intention to leave. Other countries have already expressed regret and disappointment at the move with France and Japan leading international condemnation of the move.
The decision of the United States of America to withdraw itself from the historic Paris Agreement was taken by the President Donald Trump. The US notification begins a one-year process of exiting the global climate change accord, culminating the day after the 2020 US election.
Trump’s decision has made the US the world’s sole non-signatory of the agreement and prompted high-level efforts by the European Union to keep the agreement on track. Meanwhile, hundreds of local governments, businesses and organisations in the US have joined the “We Are Still In” movement, pledging to cut emissions and move to renewable energy.
It is worthy of mentioning that the Paris Agreement brought together 188 nations to combat climate change. It committed the US and 187 other countries to keeping rising global temperatures below 2C above pre-industrial levels and attempting to limit them even more, to a 1.5C rise.