Mundo 26-10-2017

Nicaragua signs the Paris Agreement and ceases to be one of the three countries that did not adhere to the climate change pact

Nicaragua announced that it joins the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, leaving the United States and Syria as the only two countries outside the global pact.

A statement from the government of President Daniel Ortega justifies the decision because the global pact of 2015 represents "the only international instrument that offers the conditions to face global warming and its effects".

However, the country had rejected the international agreement two years ago because it considered that the standards to reduce polluting emissions were not sufficiently strict with the richest nations and the largest economies on the planet.

The Paris agreement was presented as the most important environmental achievement in history because of its global reach and its long-term objectives.

It was signed by 195 countries in December 2015. Outside were Syria and Nicaragua.

The United States withdrawal

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, announced last June that the country will withdraw from the Paris Agreement, just as he had promised in his presidential campaign.

Trump said that abandoning the pact will help the oil and coal industries in his country and generate jobs.

"We do not want other countries to laugh at us, they will not, I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," the president said.

In 2012, Trump called climate change a "Chinese deception" to harm US industries.

After China, USA It is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, according to the Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research (Edgar) of the European Union.

BBC