November 19 2017

Trump tells 'confidants' US will leave Paris climate deal

November 19 2017, 01:03 | Jodi Jackson

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The final G-7 statement, issued after two days of talks in the seaside town of Taormina, said the U.S. In his speech at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, he did not explicitly reaffirm the commitment by members to defend one another from attack.

Mattis, however, said the USA position on climate change is "not inside my portfolio". "NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations, for 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they're supposed to be paying for their defense", Trump said. The group said the USA was "reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus".

The climate discussions quickly turned the G7 into the G6 versus Donald Trump.

What is the Paris accord?

Trump said on Saturday that he would announce this week whether the USA would adhere to the Paris agreement after resisting pressure to announce the plans at the G7 summit. "I hope they decide in the right way". "Climate action is unstoppable", he said.

"The Germans are bad, very bad", Trump said on Thursday, while meeting European leaders in Brussels, according to a Der Spiegel report.

Guterres did not mention Trump by name in his speech.

Given the biggest bridge to build was the one between Trump and the other six leaders, observers have also been pointing to the work the Liberal government has been putting into forging ties with the White House as one reason why he was able to take on that role.

There are fears the U.S. pulling out may lead to other, smaller countries following suit.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama's numerous calls for US President Donald Trump not abandon the Paris Agreement will be answered this week. "The climate conversation should cease to be a shouting match".

Yet the Paris agreement isn't the only place where the USA and United Nations diverge on climate issues.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, left, shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday at the G7. "It's about trying to stop them from doing damage", said the third official. Trump was critical of the deal during his campaign and has been considering whether to remain in the pact.

Italian newspapers noted the disappointment of Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in his efforts to get USA backing for a new partnership between G-7 nations and Africa involving aid and investment in a bid to stem the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean.

"The whole discussion on the topic of climate was very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory", Merkel said as the summit of the leaders of the world's most economically advanced nations was drawing to a close.

The reality is the G7 leaders left this summit with no clear indication of what Trump will do.

It also aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change and calls for scaled up financial flows, a new technology framework and an enhanced capacity-building framework to support action by developing countries and the most vulnerable countries in line with their own national objectives.

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