At midnight, the United States announced its official withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.
Mike Pompeo, the country’s foreign minister, said the country had made a formal statement to the UN. The withdrawal will take effect one year after the announcement, November 4, 2020. This is the day after the US presidential election.
– The Paris Agreement has a solid foundation and will not be overthrown or shattered by any difference in the United States. The EU will continue to be a global climate leader and a determined promoter of ambitious climate action, says Finnish Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen.
The aim of the Paris Climate Convention is to keep the global temperature rise well below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to limit global warming to one and a half degrees.
The withdrawal did not come as a surprise, as US President Donald Trump already said in 2017 that the country would withdraw from the deal.
– The United States’ unilateral withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement is, first and foremost, a stain on its own reputation. It is a shame that the country is so ignorant of the common future, says Krista Mikkonen.