MARRAKECH (MOROCCO): A UN climate summit in Marrakech tasked with implementing the hard-won Paris Agreement moved toward its scheduled close on Friday, dogged by Donald Trump’s promise to abandon the landmark pact.
The 196-nation forum was stunned to see an avowed climate change denier capture the White House, and has been left to ponder the impact that could have on their collective effort to beat back the threat of global warming.
On Thursday, the conference sought to shore up their commitment with a rare united appeal.
“Our climate is warming at an alarming and unprecedented rate and we have an urgent duty to respond,” the 196 nations, including the outgoing US administration, said in the “Marrakech Action Proclamation”.
“We call for the highest political commitment to combat climate change, as a matter of urgent priority.”
Many fear that US president-elect Trump — who has described climate change as a “hoax” perpetrated by China — will act on his threat to withdraw from the Paris accord or its framework convention, which could roll back years of painstakingly negotiated political goodwill.
It would also deprive poor countries of billions of dollars in promised finance aid, to help them shift to clean energy and shore up defences against climate change impacts that can no longer be avoided.