Us Paris Climate Agreement Goals
The Paris Agreement, drawn up for two weeks in Paris at the 21st United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP21) on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and adopted on 12 December 2015 marked a historic turning point in the fight against global climate change, as world leaders representing 195 nations agreed on an agreement containing commitments from all countries to combat climate change and adapt to its impact. The Paris Agreement reflects the collective belief of almost every nation on the planet that climate change is humanity`s war to fight it, and reveals America`s climate-sceptics – including Trump – as global outliers. Indeed, the mobilization of support for climate action across the country and around the world gives hope that the Paris Agreement has marked a turning point in the fight against climate change. We can all contribute to the cause by looking for ways to reduce contributions to global warming, at the individual, local and national levels. The effort will be worth the reward of a safer and cleaner world for future generations. (c) reconciling financial flows with a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development. A new theme that has proved to be the centre of gravity of the Paris negotiations was born out of the fact that many of the worst effects of climate change will be too severe or will come too quickly to be avoided by adaptation measures. The Paris Agreement explicitly recognizes the need to repair such losses and damages and seeks to find appropriate responses.  It is specified that losses and damage can take different forms, both as immediate effects of extreme weather events and as slow effects, such as land loss at sea level for deep islands.  Although mitigation and adjustment require increased climate funding, adjustment has generally received less support and has mobilized less private sector action.  A 2014 OECD report showed that in 2014, only 16% of the world`s financial resources were devoted to adaptation to climate change.  The Paris Agreement called for a balance between climate finance between adaptation and mitigation, highlighting in particular the need to strengthen support for adaptation from the parties most affected by climate change, including least developed countries and small island developing states.
The agreement also reminds the parties of the importance of public subsidies, as adjustment measures receive less public sector investment.  John Kerry, as Secretary of State, announced that the United States would double its grant-based adjustment funding by 2020.  In light of the U.S. decision to withdraw, the German automotive industry expressed doubts about its ability to remain competitive. Matthias Wissmann, chairman of the German automotive lobby group Matthias Wissmann, said: “The regrettable announcement made by the United States makes it inevitable that Europe must allow a cost-effective and economically viable climate policy to remain competitive on the international stage.”  On August 4, 2017, the Trump administration officially announced its intention to revoke the withdrawal in an official statement addressed to the United Nations as a custodian.  In a separate statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it would continue to participate in international climate change negotiations, including discussions on the implementation of the climate agreement.   According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), temperatures are expected to rise by 3.2oC by the end of the 21st century, based solely on the current climate commitments of the Paris Agreement.