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Despite US withdrawal, Macron and Xi fight to save the Paris Agreement

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Analysis. Climate NGOs are worried the formal withdrawal of the US from the Paris Agreement will trigger a domino effect among other right-wing populist governments. But the UN, France, China, and even Russia remain committed to the accord.

written by Anna Maria Merlo

Topic Climate change


November 8, 2019

The official confirmation of the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement has given rise to negative reactions around the world, even though it was expected and will not take effect, according to the rules, until a year from now, after the next US presidential elections. (And, if a Democrat wins, they could reverse the decision as early as on Jan. 20, 2021.)

The official announcement has come a month before the next climate conference, the COP25, an event that has already gone through many organizational difficulties. The host country was supposed to be Brazil, but they refused because of Jair Bolsonaro’s climate skepticism. Then, the summit was moved to Chile, where it also ran into problems due to the ongoing social protests. In the end, it will be held in Spain between Dec. 2-13.

The organizational structure will still be Chilean (25,000 delegates are expected), while Madrid will provide the logistics (indeed, this is not the first time that a “guest” country organizes a COP in another state—this also happened in 2017, when the conference was held in Bonn, the seat of the UN Framework........

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