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Nicaragua signs Paris Climate Agreement, leaving the US and Syria behind

An agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Paris agreement deals with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance. Till June 2017, 195 UNFCCC members have signed the agreement, 148 of which have ratified it.

Oct 24, 2017 16:06 IST
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Central American country Nicaragua on 23 October 2017 signed the Paris Agreement on climate change, leaving the United States and Syria as the only two countries holing out to sign this global climate pact.

As per Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega, the Paris Agreement is the only international mechanism that offers the conditions to face global warming and its effects.

Previously, Nicaragua refused to sign the agreement on the grounds that it did not require to combat global warming.

US withdrawal from Paris agreement
President Donald Trump on 1 June 2017 withdrew the United States from the landmark 2015 Paris agreement to fight climate change.

Trump stated that the Paris accord will undermine the US economy, cost US jobs, weaken American national sovereignty and put the country at a permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world.

The United States was one of 195 nations that had agreed to the accord in December 2015.

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About Paris Climate Agreement
• An agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Paris agreement deals with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance.
• The language of the agreement was negotiated by representatives of 195 countries at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Paris and adopted by consensus on 12 December 2015.
• The Paris Climate Agreement sets measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to prevent temperatures rising by more than two degrees.
• Till June 2017, 195 UNFCCC members have signed the agreement, 148 of which have ratified it.

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