“If any government doubts the global will and need for this accord, that is reason for all others to unite even stronger and stay the course,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said. Credit: Andrew Angerer/Getty Images
By Sabrina Shankman May 30, 2017
Without naming the United States’ president, the head of the United Nations sent a message loud and clear to Donald Trump on Tuesday, joining the chorus of international leaders who are not happy with his efforts to erode progress in fighting climate change.
In his first major address on climate change, delivered at New York University, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres made it clear that whatever the U.S. does—whether it remains in the Paris climate agreement and attempts to backtrack on its own commitments, or whether it exits—the rest of the world will continue to work to reel in the disastrous impacts of climate change before it’s too late.
“If any government doubts the global will and need for this accord, that is reason for all others to unite even stronger and stay the course,” Guterres said.
The remarks came after Trump’s recent trip overseas, which culminated in the G7 summit in Sicily. At the close of the summit, leaders of six of the seven nations—Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan—reaffirmed their “strong commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement” in a communique. The United States abstained.
“The United States of America is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics,” the communique read.