UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (right) during a recent meeting with Michael Richard Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States of America. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
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The United States of America withdraws from the Paris Agreement

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The United States of America on November 4, 2019 notified the UN Secretary-General, in his capacity as depositary, of its decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement of December 12, 2015.

The United States of America had signed the Paris Agreement on April 22, 2016, and expressed its consent to be bound by the Agreement by acceptance on September 3, 2016.

“In accordance with the provisions of Article 28, paragraph 1, the United States of America could withdraw from the Paris Agreement as from today by giving written notification to the Secretary-General.”

In a November 4, 2019 letter to the UN Secretary-General from Mike Pompeo, the United States Secretary of State, Mr. Pompeo indicated the following: “This letter constitutes notification by the United States of America of its withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Pursuant to Article 28, paragraph 2, of the Paris Agreement, the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement shall take effect upon expiry of one year from the date on which you receive this notification of withdrawal.”

According to Article 28, paragraph 2 of the Paris Agreement, the withdrawal of the US will take effect on November 4, 2020

Ann Charles
Ann Charles is UN Bureau Chief of "Baltic Review" based in New York City. She covers diplomatic activities at United Nations Headquarters in New York and the world body's work in human rights, education, culture, the environment, and tourism, among other global concerns.

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