UN informed of US plans to withdraw from Paris climate agreement

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The United States has officially informed the United Nations of its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, the world body said on Friday.

The deal adopted by world leaders in the French capital in December 2015 seeks to limit global temperature rises to below two degrees Celsius.

Dianne Penn reports.

The decision was laid out in a communication from the US Ambassador to the United Nations which the UN Secretary-General received on Friday, according to his Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

It expressed the country's intention "to exercise its right to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, as soon as it is eligible to do so under the Agreement, unless it identifies suitable terms for reengagement."

Mr Dujarric said the UN chief welcomes any US reengagement efforts.

More than 150 countries have ratified the Paris Agreement, which came into force in November 2016.

Parties can withdraw from the treaty at anytime after three years from this date.

The process will become effective one year later.

US President Donald Trump had announced in June that he was pulling his country out of the agreement.

At the time, the UN Secretary-General issued a statement describing a US withdrawal as "a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.


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