Statement on USA Paris Agreement Withdrawal

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The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in its capacity as Chair of Climate Vulnerable Forum released this statement following the announcement of a USA withdrawal from the Paris Agreement:

  1. We deeply regret the USA indication of withdrawal from the Paris Agreement announced by President Donald Trump on 1 June 2017. As the economy that has made the greatest contribution to planetary warming, this signifies an endangerment of the more than one billion people our Forum represents in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific. Action on climate change is imperative for the survival of our nations, people, ecosystems and cultures. The Paris Agreement is our lifeline. Our commitment to the Paris Agreement is unquestionable. The Agreement is not up for renegotiation.
  2. The World should move forward and the Forum wishes to acknowledge the leadership shown by the other members of the G7 and all other parties to the Paris Agreement who remain committed. The V20 Dialogue with representatives of the G20 at Washington, DC on 23 April this year demonstrated a very significant level of convergence between major economies and vulnerable developing countries alike to move forward with Paris Agreement implementation through ambitious climate action wherein 1.5 degrees Celsius is now an important international objective.
  3. We remain optimistic that the USA will reconsider this position. We applaud those non-state actors from US states, cities and businesses that have already reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement.
  4. We have resolved that our people will not be deprived of the benefits of rising to the fight against climate change. We are adamant to take advantage of the job creation and environmental protection potential of striving to meet 100% domestic renewable energy production as rapidly as possible, while working to end energy poverty and ensure water and food security. We have ambitious plans to safeguard our communities from lethal and development-undermining climate shocks of all kinds as we work towards early achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Effective climate action is a historic opportunity to promote upholding a wide range of human rights endangered by climate change.
  5. We will do all that it takes to protect ourselves, acting through peaceful and cooperative means and reiterate our full commitment to working with all nations in taking forward the Paris Agreement. We urge all countries to work with us and are convinced of the otherwise universal solidarity for ambitious climate action and for the urgent and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement. We are challenging ourselves to act to the limits of the restricted capabilities available to our least developed, small island developing state and middle income countries, including through our own South-South cooperation. We continue to call for international assistance to enhance the level of action through financial, capacity and technological support that could help us and the world to achieve more. We also wish to draw attention to the collective nature of the commitment made by developed countries to mobilise $100 billion USD per year by 2020 to support developing country climate action.


Photo caption: High Level Meeting of the Climate Vulnerable Forum at Marrakech, Morocco, 18 November 2016; source: CVF; license: CC.

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