UN climate talks wrap up under threat of US exodus

Alvin Kelly
May 19, 2017

The White House last week again deferred a final decision on whether or not the U.S. will remain a signatory to the Treaty, signaling a decision is now unlikely to come before the G7 Summit later this month.

"We don't know", what Trump will eventually decide, "but we won't stop our work even if the result is a negative one", Khan said. But Trump's rollback of regulations looks to squash that. Although the Senate has not voted on this ratification, the terms of the treaty include a four year procedure for withdrawal, if the G.O.P. has its way.

This goes to show that the target was too "modest" to begin with, according to Celia Gautier of the Climate Action Network, a grouping of nongovernmental organizations.

Europeans especially view Trump's trip as a timely opportunity to influence the American leader.

The United States remains a wildcard under President Donald Trump.

Exploring voluntary efforts to help deliver on countries' climate commitments, such as market mechanisms, in a way that promotes sustainable development and environmental integrity. But now that it has been postponed, they hope Trump's visit will let them circumvent his warring advisers and engage with the president directly, diplomatic sources say.

In other words, the Administration has already passed up the chance to make the right decision on Paris.

Beyond the Paris rulebook, countries are also preparing for a key moment in 2018, the Facilitative Dialogue, when they will take stock of progress made thus far as well as identify opportunities for enhanced action and get ready to submit enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by 2020. Pruitt famously called Paris a "bad deal" for the USA because "China and India had no obligations. until 2030", wilfully misinterpreting the language of the agreement. It's not even clear if the original boosters of that idea meant it to come in the context of the climate agreement or in some separate sphere, like trade.

"Germany stays committed to the global United Nations climate process".

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As of the end of the Obama administration, the full climate action plan had yet to be fully rolled out. "For the rest of the world this is a central issue for foreign policy".

But the opposite is mostly the case. Now, he has to finish the job and pull the Paris weed out by its roots by withdrawing the United States from the FCCC.

"That seems to be the way that the president operates", Schaefer said.

"We're not all going to rush out and leave the table unattended". Hanna Fekete, a founding partner of the Germany-based NewClimate Institute, explained, "Taking into account implemented policies, along with expected economic growth and other factors, China's GHG emissions in 2025 will be 70% above 2005 levels". In one are the hardcore denialists, led by the White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, and the E.P.A. administrator, Scott Pruitt.

Listen to President Trump, and he appears set on withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement.

"But it is not like the number one thing on his mind", the official said. While the repeated delays in announcing a decision on Paris have heartened proponents of the agreement, the hardcore camp has reportedly been gaining in the most recent meetings. But others have warned that seeking to change the group's established stance on climate change won't win him cooperation on other fronts.

"The Convention", referenced 51 times in the Paris Agreement, is the foundation of the agreement.

"This presentation of the Climate Change Endorsement is our living up to our commitment".

The ACP group and EU have agreed common positions on the next steps to implement the Paris Agreement and strengthened cooperation to promote low-emission, climate-resilient development - the European Commission said in a statement. Climate Analytics aims to synthesise and advance scientific knowledge in the area of climate, and by linking scientific and policy analysis provide state-of-the-art solutions to global and national climate change policy challenges.

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