Nicaragua is now the world’s latest country to give it affirmation for the Paris Climate Agreement 2015. This leaves the USA and Syria as the only countries that have not signed up for the global treaty. Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega’s government has said in a statement that the Paris Pact was the only international instrument which could offer conditions to face global warming as well as its effects.
The country has submitted documents at the United Nations (UN). In 2015, Nicaragua, a nation which often faces natural calamities such as hurricanes, rejected the Paris agreement. It had argued for more action to restrict the increasing temperatures.
“It is the only instrument we have in the world that allows the unity of intentions and efforts to face up to climate change and natural disasters,” the statement said.
President Trump pulled USA out of Paris climate accord
In June, US President Donald Trump had announced that he will pull out the United States of America from the treaty. President Trump argues that the treaty puts the USA at a disadvantageous position with respect to other countries. Shortly after the announcement, there has been a growing chorus against the decision of Trump. In fact, criticism of President Trump’s climate change policy is growing every second.
Former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that President Trump was ‘standing on the wrong side of history.’. A couple of days back, in veiled criticism, International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the world is going to face great trouble if it doesn’t tackle environmental problems such as global warming and climate change. Christine Lagarde has warned of a ‘dark future’ if the situation is not remedied soon.
195 countries have joined Paris climate agreement
With Nicaragua deciding to join the agreement, this effectively leaves out only two countries now from the purview of the Paris Agreement: World’s biggest economy USA and war-ravaged Syria. About 195 countries have joined the Paris agreement that came into existence in 2015. The treaty proposes measures to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and prevent environmental disasters such as global warming and climate change. The treaty seeks to bring countries on one platform so that it can stop global temperatures from increasing by more than two degrees over the next fifty years.
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