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Sebastien Korwin, an international environmental lawyer and senior legal and policy advisor for Climate Law and Policy (CLP), reports on the outcomes of the 23rd meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC, including how the UK contributed to developments.
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COP 23 of the UNFCCC was held from 6 to 17 November 2017 in Bonn, Germany, under the presidency of the government of Fiji. So far, 170 parties have ratified the Paris Agreement, which was agreed at COP 21 in Paris in December 2015. Syria, embroiled
in a civil war since 2011, became a signatory on 7 November 2017.
In June 2017, US President Donald Trump announced that he would pass legislation to take the US out of the Paris Agreement. Legally, the US must wait until 2020 to officially withdraw, meaning that for the duration of Trump’s term in office
the US will continue to be present during the UNFCCC negotiations. Secretary of State and ex-CEO of ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson, has indicated that the US will continue engaging in the talks in order to protect its interests.
In reaction to the US federal government’s stance, American governors, mayors and business leaders have recently formed a sub-national coalition, referred to as the ‘We Are Still
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