UN Chief Receives Paris Agreement Withdrawal Notice from Washington

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Monday received a formal notice from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on his country’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

“The United States of America notified the secretary-general, in his capacity as depositary, its withdrawal from the Paris Agreement of Dec. 12, 2015, on Nov. 4, 2019,” said SG Guterres’ spokesperson.

In accordance with the provisions of the agreement, the United States could withdraw from it as from 4 November 2019, by giving written notification to the UN Secretary-General, said the unnamed spokesperson in a note to correspondents.

The United States signed the Paris Agreement on 22 April 2016, and expressed its consent to be bound by the agreement by acceptance on 3 September 2016, said the note.

“Pursuant to Article 28, paragraph 2, of the Paris Agreement, the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement shall take effect upon expiry of one year from the date on which you receive this notification of withdrawal,” the note quoted Secretary Pompeo’s letter as reading.

A UN spokesperson confirmed in the note to correspondents that the US withdrawal from the agreement will take effect on 4 November 2020.

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