What is the Paris Accord?
In brief, the Climate Accord is known as a framework or agreement intended to reduce climate change and global warming by having member states in the UN establish goals for dealing with the issue, gradually reaching them, and reporting frequent reports to the UN.
Donald Trump around a month ago, had made the executive decision of withdrawing from the Paris Climate Change Accord. This significant decision left many around the world in shock as it shows the president’s possible disregard and lack of care for the environment.
Opinion: How the President’s Decision impact international law
“Thus, as of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country. ” Those were the words which rattled many world leaders who were active participants in the agreement. Mr. Trump’s quote can be interpreted in a variety of ways. However, judging from the President’s word choice, I believe the president intends to no longer fulfill his requirements for the Paris Accord. If this is what he is getting at and really will ” cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris accord” immediately, then this has a tremendous effect on international law and the decision may result in many consequences. The Paris Agreement clearly displays the withdrawal process. It states that “At any time after three years from the date on which this Agreement has entered into force for a Party, that Party may withdraw from this Agreement by giving written notification to the Depositary”. The U.S had been subject to the Agreement starting from the year 2016, and yet Mr. Trump attempts to ” cease all implementation” this year. Since the Agreement outlines that a Party can only withdraw 3 years later, Trump has in a way, breached international law. It is also outlined that the agreement is indeed binding, “[b]ut it contains non-binding elements,” for instance, “in its text—indicated by” using words such as “should”; words that aren’t necessarily demanding a State to do something (Lawfare). I believe that Mr. Trump had made the wrong decision when deciding to withdraw from the accord. Not only may it possibly lead to international relations issues, but it also is a significant decision which can have a dramatic effect on the world as a whole, mostly because the United States emits a considerable amount of CO2 into the atmosphere annually.
“Full Text of Trump’s Speech – ‘Draconian’ Paris Accord Dumped.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 01 June 2017. Web. 28 June 2017. <https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/02/full-text-of-trumps-speech-draconian-paris-accord-dumped>.
“Paris Agreement.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 25 June 2017. Web. 28 June 2017. —-—- —- —————–—-—-<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Agreement>.
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