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UN Chief warning on US commitment to Paris climate deal - 31st May

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The UN secretary general, António Guterres issued a warning to the US on Tuesday stating that if the US exits the Paris climate agreement, there could be negative economic, security and societal consequences for the country.

Guterres called on world leaders to adhere to the agreement in his first major speech on climate change as secretary general.

His remarks came at New York University’s Stern School of Business came as the world waits for Donald Trump to announce whether the country will continue to uphold the Paris deal, which nearly 200 countries signed as a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Guterres said that if the US does exit the agreement, it is important that cities, states and businesses in the country remain engaged with the goals the deal outlined.

He warned that “climate change is a multiplier of many other threats” including poverty, displacement and conflict, and that the people hit “first and worst” by climate change are the poor, vulnerable and marginalized.

It’s absolutely essential that the world implements the Paris agreement and that we fulfill that duty with increased ambition,” he said.

The landmark agreement was signed in December 2015 and has been ratified by 147 countries, including the US.

Guterres did not specifically mention Donald Trump in the speech, but said his “door is open to all who wish to discuss the way forward, even those who might hold divergent perspectives”.

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