The Paris Agreement Summary Climate Focus

Today, that future could be threatened, as President Donald Trump prepares to withdraw the United States from the deal — a step he can only legally take after the next presidential election — as part of a larger effort to reduce America`s decades-old environmental policy. Fortunately, instead of giving up the fight, city, state, business and citizen leaders around the world are stepping up efforts to advance the clean energy advances needed to achieve the goals of the agreement and curb dangerous climate change, with or without the Trump administration. A new global agreement on climate change was reached on 12 December. The agreement is a balanced outcome, with an action plan to limit global warming to “well below” 2°C and to continue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C. This means that the United States would not be able to officially withdraw until November 4, 2020, the day after the presidential elections. Even a formal withdrawal would not necessarily be permanent, experts say; A future president could return in just one month. In March 2020, EU environment ministers adopted the EU`s long-term climate strategy submitted to the UNFCCC. President Trump is withdrawing us from the Paris climate agreement. The Environment Council adopted conclusions outing the EU`s position ahead of the UN climate change conference in Paris. Ministers agreed that the EU would strive to reach a legally binding and dynamic agreement to keep global warming below 2°C.

Before the COP, each country had to prepare and publish its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC). This mechanism was new and allowed each participating state to participate in a universal effort through a concrete work plan with 2 priorities: the Foreign Affairs Council adopted conclusions on European climate diplomacy after COP21. The Council underlined the role of European climate diplomacy in promoting the implementation of the global Paris Agreement on climate change, concluded in December 2015. The Climate Diplomacy Action Plan for 2016 focuses on three main areas: Dutch Environment Minister and Council President Sharon Dijksma and European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič sign the agreement on behalf of the EU at a high-level ceremony in New York (USA). . . .

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