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Trumping the climate negotiations

Recently, on 7-18 November 2016, the world leaders gathered in Marrakech at the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP-22) to discuss the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

But the election of Donald Trump, who had during his election campaigning stated his stand against Paris Agreement, as President of United States of America has cast a pall on the deliberations on climate change negotiations. While nothing can put an immediate stop to the agreement, U.S. can withdraw from the Paris Agreement in coming four years, or ignore its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) or pull out of the climate convention  altogether. Such steps if taken would be extreme and highly irresponsible for a country which is the second largest annual emitter and the world s largest cumulative emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs). The developing countries too are dependent on financial and technological support from the developed world to implement the pledges taken at the climate convention.

At the Marrakech COP, a group comprising 48 least developed countries, including Bangladesh, South Sudan and Ethiopia called Climate Vulnerable Forum pledged to get 100 per cent of their energy from renewables by 2050. Another group by the name of Under2s comprising of 165 sub-national jurisdictions has pledged to limit their per capita emissions to under 2 tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2050 and reduce their emissions by 80-95 per cent below 1990 levels.

The climate change management strategy of adaptation has limited capacities. The  global mechanism of support aims to address issues such as migration, displacement,  extreme events, sudden disastrous events, non-economic losses, slow-moving climatic changes and risk management.

Mr. Trump or no Trump, efforts to address climate change are here to stay.


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