Nicaragua has signed the Paris climate agreement – leaving the United States and Syria as the only nations outside the global pact. The Paris accord seeks to limit planetary warming by curbing global emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that scientists believe drive global warming.
It has now been signed by 195 countries. The government of President Daniel Ortega said the global 2015 pact represented “the only international instrument that offers the conditions to face global warming and its effects,” according to a statement read out by vice president Rosario Murillo.
US President Donald Trump in June announced the start of a three-year process to pull out of the agreement on the grounds that it would put the US at an economic disadvantage. Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said Mr Trump’s move leaves him “standing on the wrong side of history”.
“I am deeply concerned about what President Trump of (the) United States has declared that the US is withdrawing from this Paris agreement.
“I have been speaking out that his vision is politically short-sighted, and economically irresponsible and scientifically wrong. So he is standing on the wrong side of history.”
Mr Ban said despite Mr Trump’s decision to pull out of the historic Paris agreement, he remained heartened by a US civil society campaign to continue to honour the environmental deal.
“I am encouraged and hopeful that whole worlds will be united in moving ahead with this Paris climate change agreement. This is the political and moral responsibility of our political leaders,” he said.
Reflecting on the broader political climate, Mr Ban said he had been “working very closely” with Mr Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, who last week criticised the “politics of division” which characterised the 2016 US presidential race. Mr Ban also decried the current “lack of commitment” to an international spirit.
“A lack of leaders’ global vision that we are living in a very tightly-interconnected small world, and that whatever is happening in this country may affect the neighbouring countries and even all around the world,” he said.