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Morocco: Island states warn Trump exit from Paris deal 'disastrous to every person on earth'02:55

Morocco: Island states warn Trump exit from Paris deal 'disastrous to every person on earth'

Morocco, Marrakesh
November 16, 2016 at 02:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

Several leaders of island countries worst affected by climate change appealed to US President-elect Donald Trump not to withdraw from the Paris agreement during the first day of the High-Level Segment at the COP22 in Marrakesh, Tuesday.

Leaders from Fiji, Kiribati, and Antigua and Barbuda called on the US president to see firsthand the realities of climate change on their islands, demanding that Trump “show the kind of leadership the rest of the world expects the United States to take in this issue."

Kiribati President Taneti Maamau stated that climate change was "threatening the survival and future of our islands," adding that Washington had to forge ahead with the Paris accord.

The conference, which is set to last until November 18, will oversee the start of the implementation of the Paris Agreement, a convention aimed at reducing global-warming emissions. Some 180 countries, including China and the US, have signed the agreement, but many are yet to fully ratify the deal.

During Trump’s campaign, the US president-elect pledged to scrap much of the country's climate change regulations, vowing also to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. World leaders and high level officials have called on the Republican not to walk away from the deal.

Morocco: Island states warn Trump exit from Paris deal 'disastrous to every person on earth'02:55
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Several leaders of island countries worst affected by climate change appealed to US President-elect Donald Trump not to withdraw from the Paris agreement during the first day of the High-Level Segment at the COP22 in Marrakesh, Tuesday.

Leaders from Fiji, Kiribati, and Antigua and Barbuda called on the US president to see firsthand the realities of climate change on their islands, demanding that Trump “show the kind of leadership the rest of the world expects the United States to take in this issue."

Kiribati President Taneti Maamau stated that climate change was "threatening the survival and future of our islands," adding that Washington had to forge ahead with the Paris accord.

The conference, which is set to last until November 18, will oversee the start of the implementation of the Paris Agreement, a convention aimed at reducing global-warming emissions. Some 180 countries, including China and the US, have signed the agreement, but many are yet to fully ratify the deal.

During Trump’s campaign, the US president-elect pledged to scrap much of the country's climate change regulations, vowing also to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. World leaders and high level officials have called on the Republican not to walk away from the deal.

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