France, China to Confirm Paris Climate Agreement’s “Irreversibility”
French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping will sign an agreement during a meeting in Beijing that will include a clause on the impossibility of canceling the Paris climate agreement. This was reported on Tuesday by Reuters with reference to the Champs Elysees.
« The document, which will be signed tomorrow, includes a section on the irreversibility of the Paris Agreement, » said a source from the office of the President of France.
The decision, according to Reuters, was voiced against the backdrop of a statement by US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, according to which Washington on Monday began the official process of withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement. “We regret it, and it only makes cooperation between France and China in the field of climate and biodiversity more necessary,” commented a representative of the Champs Elysees.
The Paris Agreement was adopted on December 12, 2015, following the 21st Conference of the Framework Convention on Climate Change. The participating countries agreed to prevent the average temperature on the planet by more than two degrees Celsius by 2100 compared with the pre-industrial era. The agreement, in particular, provides for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.