UN chief urged the US to re-engage with the 2015 Paris climate agreement

Vastavam web:  The UN chief today urged the US to re-engage with the 2015 Paris climate agreement even after America submitted its formal communication indicating its intention to withdraw from the historic pact as soon as possible.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has received a notification from the US expressing the country’s intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, his spokesman said.”The Secretary-General received, in his capacity as Depositary of the Paris Agreement, a communication from the Permanent Representative of the US expressing the intention of the US to exercise its right to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, as soon as it is eligible to do so under the Agreement, unless it identifies suitable terms for reengagement,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

The notification came two months after President Donald Trump announced his intention to leave the accord.Under article 28 of the Paris Agreement, a party may withdraw at any time after three years from the date on which the agreement has entered into force for that party, and such withdrawal takes effect upon expiry of one year from the date of receipt by the depositary of the notification of withdrawal.The note referred to the June statement by the secretary-general in which he had said that the decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is a “major disappointment” for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security.