Statement from Isabella Lövin regarding United States decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement

Through this decision, the United States – historically the largest emitter of greenhouse gases – chooses to isolate itself from a global agreement aimed at reducing emissions and addressing the impacts of climate change. Future generations and the world's poorest will be hardest hit by the effects of climate change.

The Paris climate agreement has received global support and the transition to a sustainable society has already begun. The rest of the world will not slow down to wait for the US. Those who opt out now will be left hopelessly behind once the world goes ahead and makes the transition.

Sweden remains committed to the Paris Agreement, to becoming one of the world's first fossil-free welfare nations, and to continue supporting actions in developing countries. We will continue to push the climate agenda forward. It is now even more important for progressive countries and regions to join together and show leadership – not least US actors, companies and states. The global level of ambition must be raised.