The United States now stands solo in its political stance on climate change.
Syria will be joining the Paris Agreement at the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP23) this week.
— Climate Tracker (@ClimateTracking) November 7, 2017
“I confirm that the Syrian Arab Republic supports the implementation of Paris climate change accord, in order to achieve the desired global goals and to reflect the principles of justice and shared responsibility, but in accordance with the capabilities of each of the signatories,” Syria’s Deputy Minister of Local Administration and Environment M. Wadah Katmawi said.
The decision to withdraw the U.S. from the climate accord was made in June by President Donald Trump who said removal will be complete in 2020.
“We’re getting out,” Trump said. “And we will start to renegotiate and we’ll see if there’s a better deal. If we can, great. If we can’t, that’s fine.”
Because of this decision, Trump is currently not invited to the climate summit in December. At the opening plenary for the COP23, the U.S. representative reaffirmed Trump’s decision.
Trump’s stance on climate change and his withdrawal from the Paris Agreement has generated intense global criticism.