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Africa: EU Will Make Sure Paris Agreement On Climate Change Is Implemented

"The EU and all its Member States will not only implement the Paris Agreement, but are building strong global alliances to make sure [it] will be implemented, even after Trump's decision to step back," EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said this morning ahead of the Foreign Affairs Council, noting that combatting climate change is a question of security, not a luxury.

The Paris agreement on climate change is "fit for purpose and cannot be renegotiated" EU foreign affairs ministers stated in Council Conclusions adopted in Luxembourg. The EU "deeply regrets the unilateral decision by the United States Administration to withdraw from the Paris Agreement" and welcomes the strong show of support for the deal by other countries around the world.

"The European Union and its Member States remain united and absolutely committed to full and swift implementation of the Paris Agreement", read the Conclusions, recalling also "the particular responsibility of major economies, accounting for some 80% of global emissions" to deliver on "our collective responsibility towards the entire planet, for this and future generations".

Bobby Hidy

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