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U.S. isolated after Syria signs up to Paris climate pact
February 22 2018, 04:25 | Irvin Gilbert
US isolated after Syria signs up to Paris climate pact
Syria has made a decision to join the Paris Climate Accord, meaning that the United States is the only country in the world that is not party to the landmark agreement.
On Oct. 23, Nicaragua announced it would join the Paris accord, despite its previous reservations.
On June 1, U.S. President Donald Trump announced from the White House Rose Garden that he would withdraw the country from the Paris climate accord, asserting that it would hobble jobs and economic growth, according to The New York Times. Not all signatories have ratified the treaty yet.
"While action on (the) post-2020 period under the Paris Agreement has gained momentum, the discussions on pre-2020 actions have lagged behind", India's chief negotiator Ravi S. Prasad said earlier this week.
The U.S. has become the only nation in the world to not participate in the Paris Climate Accord, an worldwide agreement to voluntarily lower carbon emissions in an effort to curb rising global temperatures.
"I would like to affirm the Syrian Arab Republic's commitment to the Paris climate change accord", Syrian Deputy Environment Minister Wadah Katmawi told 196 delegates present at the climate talks in Bonn, Germany yesterday.
"Now he'll be isolated from all nations", he said.
This makes the United States the only country on the planet not a part of the climate deal.
The summit aims at promoting green projects and providing new funding sources, a few weeks after separate talks that are now being held at a global climate conference in Bonn, Germany.
The war itself has caused an global refugee crisis, which has enabled Islamic State militants to pose as refugees and enter into other countries.
Despite Trump's statements that his decision would invigorate the American economy, the U.S.is still in the process of leaving the accord signed by Barack Obama. "We want the United States in too".
French organizers are expecting about 2,000 participants, including non-governmental organizations, foundations, banks, startups, local governments, city mayors and others.