Sweden will continue working for the ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement
The United States announced earlier this week that it has now issued formal notification of withdrawal from the climate agreement signed in Paris in 2015. Since the United States first announced that it would give notification of withdrawal, a further 40 countries have joined the Paris Agreement.
“I truly regret the decision of the United States to begin the process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, by arguing that it is somehow unfair to the United States. This is not true. The agreement applies to all countries throughout the world. The countries that can talk about unfairness are the poorest countries that have not become rich off of the use of fossil fuels, but that are hardest hit by the consequences of the climate crisis,” says Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin.
Sweden and the European Union will continue to take the lead in international climate efforts, and for the ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement. At the UN Climate Action Summit in New York in September this year, Sweden announced that it will double its support to the Green Climate Fund and launched a Leadership Group for Industry Transition led by India and Sweden.
“Sweden will continue to work with all of the states, cities, corporations and sections of civil society in the United States that continue to have high climate ambitions,” says Ms Lövin.
The Paris Agreement is a legally binding climate agreement that covers the majority of global greenhouse gas emissions. Since it was signed in 2015 and entered into force in 2016, it has been ratified by 187 countries. In 2020, the Parties are to outline and communicate nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and thus also start the agreement’s ambition cycle, which aims to continuously raise the ambitions of countries and submit new contributions.
Under Article 28 of the Paris Agreement, a Party may at any time after three years give notification of withdrawal from the agreement. Withdrawal enters into force one year after receipt of notification of withdrawal. The United States is the only country to have given notification of withdrawal from the agreement. The legal status of the Paris Agreement is not affected by the withdrawal of the United States.