War-torn Syria signs Paris cli­mate ac­cord

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Syria has of­fi­cially signed up to the Paris Agree­ment, the UN said Tues­day, leav­ing the US as the only coun­try to re­ject the global cli­mate-res­cue pact.

“The Syr­ian Arab Repub­lic de­posited its in­stru­ment of ac­ces­sion of the Paris Agree­ment on November 13, 2017,” said the UN cli­mate sec­re­tariat (UNFCCC) host­ing the an­nual round of global cli­mate ne­go­ti­a­tions in Bonn, Ger­many.

War-torn Syria be­came the 169th of 196 coun­tries that are mem­bers of the UN cli­mate con­ven­tion to take the le­gal step of rat­i­fi­ca­tion.

Af­ter Nicaragua signed up in Oc­to­ber, Syria was the only coun­try not to have adopted the pact. An­other 27 na­tions that have signed the treaty have yet to pass do­mes­tic laws re­quired for full ac­ces­sion.

The US, which cham­pi­oned the agree­ment un­der Barack Obama, adopted it in the French cap­i­tal in De­cem­ber 2015, signed it at the UN in April 2016, and rat­i­fied in Septem­ber last year.

But in June this year, Obama’s suc­ces­sor, Don­ald Trump, an­nounced that the US would pull out of the agree­ment, which he said im­posed “dra­co­nian fi­nan­cial and eco­nomic bur­dens” on the US.

The US can only with­draw four years af­ter the deal of­fi­cially en­tered into force in November 2016, which means November 2020 – two months be­fore Trump’s term ends.

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