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G-20 Isolates US, Calls Paris Agreement Irreversible

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| July 9 , 2017 , 09:06 IST

Further expressing their support to the Paris Agreement on climate change, the G-20 leaders on Saturday said the Agreement is irreversible leaving the United States isolated among the world leaders.

The Summit declaration said, “The leaders of the other G20 members agree that the Paris Agreement is irreversible. We reiterate the importance of fulfilling the UNFCCC commitment by developed countries in providing means of implementation, including financial resources to assist developing countries with respect to both mitigation and adaption actions in line with Paris outcomes.”

Noting the US’s decision to pull out of Paris Agreement, the Hamburg Summit host Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel said, “It was unfortunate that the US has left us. But the other 19 heads of government have agreed that the Paris accord is irreversible and the conditions in the agreement need to be implemented. We have agreed on the Hamburg Action Plan on climate change and energy.”

The declaration added, “We reaffirm our strong commitment to the Paris Agreement, moving swiftly towards its full implementation in accordance with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, and respective capabilities, in the light of different national circumstances and, to this end, we agree to the G20 Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth as set out in the Annex.”

The Paris Agreement is a global action plan within the United Nations framework that sets out a target of avoiding the dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. It was negotiated by 196 representatives and has been signed by 195 UNFCCC members of which 153 have ratified it.

Although the goal of the agreement is to regulate and limit carbon emission by countries, India has nothing to worry about as it will continue using coal for power. Niti Aayog deputy chairperson Arvind Panagariya, India's sherpa at the G-20 said, “India's position remains that we need more time to process (proceed) completely to clean fuel.”

Arvind cleared the country’s stand that it will continue using coal as it moves forward with pursuing cleaner technology and renewable energy.