merkel: 19 g20 countries reaffirm their commitment to the paris agreement


nineteen g20 countries expressed their commitment to the paris climate agreement following an online summit. german chancellor angela merkel told reporters in berlin on sunday.

"19 states, of those that belong to this agreement, have confirmed that they will fulfill the obligations associated with it," the chancellor said. according to her, there were some difficulties with the wording for the final communiqué on this topic. "however, the correct conclusions were drawn, on the basis of which the work can continue," added merkel.

the paris agreement was adopted on 12 december 2015 following the 21st conference of the framework convention on climate change. the member countries have agreed to prevent the average temperature on the planet from rising by more than two degrees celsius by 2100 compared to the pre-industrial era. the agreement, in particular, provides for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

in june 2017, us president donald trump announced his decision to leave the agreement. according to the head of the white house, it redistributes american wealth in favor of other countries, and the implementation of the provisions of this agreement could result in the loss of 2.7 million jobs for the united states by 2025. democrat joseph biden, who, according to the forecasts of the leading american media, won the presidential election in the united states, has previously stated repeatedly that he will return to the agreement.

the g20 summit is taking place this year from 21 to 22 november via videoconference. the main topics for discussion were measures to combat the pandemic, as well as the process of global economic recovery.

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