Boulder County commissioners to commit to Paris climate agreement

Ruth Greenspan Bell Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and D. James Baker United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization

Ruth Greenspan Bell Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and D. James Baker United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization

Mayor Kasim Reed said he was sending a signal of "optimism, passion and action" on fighting climate change to mayors worldwide despite the pullout Trump announced this month.

In light of US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate change pact "the resolve of the other 19 leaders at the upcoming G20 Summit to safeguard the future of our planet is more important than ever", the statement added.

"President Trump's disappointing decision to withdraw from the agreement will actually have the opposite effect in terms of execution", Reed told a handful of mayors from Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, and North America meeting in Brussels.

But Trump has said the climate pact, signed by almost 200 countries, would hit the United States with "draconian financial and economic burdens" while competitors got off lightly.

Dane County has already created a new Office of Energy and Climate Change.

"The Trump administration had better watch out for U.S. cities", Robertson said.

"The Trump administration had better watch out for United States cities", Robertson said.

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He said Europe is India's biggest trading partner and 20 per cent of India's export to Europe enters through the Netherlands. This year, the two countries are celebrating 70 years of the establishment of Indo-Dutch diplomatic relations.

Former New York mayor and billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg, who will join world mayors in Brussels later Tuesday, announced a $200 million plan Monday aiming to back inventive policies in American cities.

Washington's pullout from the Paris climate deal has sparked worldwide outrage and led to massive protests within the US.

At a European Council meeting held on the 22nd and 23rd of June, European Union leaders vowed to continue leading the fight against climate change and reaffirming the importance of the Paris Climate Agreement as the "cornerstone" of the fight.

Meeting for the 12th Metropolis World Congress and the 37th General Assembly of the International Association of Francophone Mayors (l'Association Internationale des Maires Francophones or AIMF), nearly 140 mayors of the world's largest cities issued a 'Montréal Declaration: Cities in the Vanguard to Address Local and Global Issues and Implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change'.

The core goal of the Paris agreement is for countries to take measures aimed at restricting global warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

The decision to withdraw will put the United States in league with Nicaragua and Syria as the world's only non-participants in the treaty.

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