Sep 16, 2018 19:05 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Jan 09, 2020 11:13 Asia/Tehran]
  • UN secretary general calls for enactment of Paris climate agreement

UN Chief on Sunday called for more decisive leadership to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Iran Press/America: 'I call for[…] greater leadership as we strive to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and mobilize the ambitious climate action we so urgently need at this time,' said the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (16 September).

The US President Donald Trump has announced that Washington would withdraw from the deal that was signed by 200 countries during course of years.'When science showed us that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other substances were tearing a hole in the ozone layer that protects all life on earth, the world responded with determination and foresight by banning them.

Thanks to this global commitment, the ozone layer is expected to return to its 1980 levels by mid-century,' he said, according to the UN Information Center (UNIC) in Tehran quoted by IRNA.

Referring to the landmark Kigali Amendment, which enters into force on 1 January 2019, on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in cooling systems, the UN Chief said, 'So far, 46 countries have ratified this new instrument; I call on all others to follow suit and show their commitment to a healthier planet. I expect countries to demonstrate significant progress in implementing the Kigali Amendment at the Climate Summit I am convening in September 2019.

'For over three decades, the Montreal Protocol has done much more than shrink the ozone hole; it has shown us how environmental governance can respond to science, and how countries can come together to address a shared vulnerability. 

Earlier on Jun 1, 2018 ,which marked the one year anniversary of the Trump Administration's retreat from the Paris Agreement, a framework backed by every country in the world to reduce climate pollution except United States  of America. 

One year after deciding to exit from the deal, the White House said in a statement that Trump is not going back on his decision to exit the Paris climate change accord.

The Trump Administration exited the Paris Climate Agreement exactly one year ago.

This short-sighted decision was opposed by more than 550 state legislators from 45 states with a total population of over 298 million constituents.

Although the President has declared climate change a hoax and isolated America as the only federal government in the world not to embrace the Paris Agreement, states throughout the country continue to lead the way on climate.

Related News: Trump won't back down on Paris climate deal

President Trump's climate retreat has served as a call to action for state legislators to go even further on climate solutions.

Climate change is real and it is caused by human activity. People around the world, here in our country, in our states, and in our own communities, understand this and are already experiencing the impacts and will continue to see increased impacts in the coming decades.

We cannot afford to delay so states are pressing forward with innovative policies to drive climate action.

The  Paris Climate Agreement is not  the only international agreement that Trump administration  has exited  from .On May 8,2018, He also announced America's withdrawal from the nuclear deal, and re-imposition of the highest level of sanctions and other economic penalties on Iran.

Related News: Trump announces 'withdrawal' from Iran nuclear deal

The announcement came despite massive efforts by the European allies of the US to convince Trump to stay in the 2015 deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).  The deal was reached between Iran and the 5+1 Group, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council –  US, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany.

Furthermore, on July 12,2018 ,the US president has plunged the alliance into chaos with his threat to withdraw from North Atlantic Treaty Organization known as NATO.

Related  News: Trump suggests U.S. withdrawal from NATO

Finally ,the United States and Mexico reached a deal on Monday Aug 27,2018  to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Related News: Trump: US to get rid of NAFTA



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