Africa blasts US withdrawal from climate change accord

A number of African countries have voiced their displeasure at the United State’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Accord.

The accord was muted in France in 2015. At the time a number of developing countries which are reportedly responsible for emitting greenhouses among them USA agreed to keep rising global temperatures to below the pre-industrial 2C level.

Observers say the Paris Accord, which to date has been ratified by 147 State Parties, remains a laudable commitment by the international community aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change in order to achieve sustainable development.

Botswana has issued a statement expressing regret at the decision of the government of the United States of America to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

“Considering the critical leadership role played by the United States of America in the conclusion of the Paris Agreement, the decision to withdraw at this stage will definitely have adverse consequences on its effective implementation,” reads the statement.

UN Women/Ryan Brown


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