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G20 summit: World leaders sans Trump agree on climate deal

Leaders have agreed on a climate deal similar to the one struck in Argentina in 2018. The US has again refused to commit to tackling climate change. World leaders attending the 2019 G20 summit in the Japanese city of Osaka on Saturday agreed to a climate change deal similar to that signed in Argentina last year. Speaking at the conclusion ... Read More »

Plastic waste pact approved with US among few holdouts

Geneva, May 11 (AP/UNB)  — Almost every country in the world has agreed on a legally binding framework for reducing polluting plastic waste, with the United States a notable exception, United Nations environmental officials said Friday. An agreement on tracking thousands of types of plastic waste emerged at the end of a two-week meeting of U.N.-backed conventions on plastic waste ... Read More »

At COP24, nations agree to bring Paris climate deal to life

COP24 closing plenary meeting in Katowice, Poland, 16 December 2018. Katowice, 15 December 2018 – After two weeks of crunch negotiations – with overtime – the almost 200 parties gathered in Katowice, Poland, for the United Nations COP24 two-week climate change conference, adopted on Saturday a “robust” set of implementing guidelines for the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, aimed at keeping ... Read More »

Developing countries oppose renegotiation of Paris Deal

Bangkok, 11 September 2018 (Prerna Bomzan and Meena Raman) – Developing countries strongly opposed attempts to renegotiate the Paris Agreement (PA) at the recently concluded climate talks in Bangkok, given attempts by developed countries to block references to differentiation between developed and developing countries in the negotiating text being drafted to implement the PA under the PA Work Programme (PAWP). Read More »

US, UAE sign deal to resolve Emirates, Etihad subsidy claims

The United States and United Arab Emirates have signed a deal to resolve US claims that Gulf carriers have received unfair government subsidies, the US State Department said. The voluntary agreement, which applies to Etihad and Emirates airline, is similar to a deal announced in January between the United States and Qatar in which Qatar agreed to release detailed financial ... Read More »

Dhaka for Jakarta’s help to be Asean dialogue partner

Bangladesh has sought Indonesia’s support in favour of Bangladesh’s request for Sectoral Dialogue Partnership with Asean. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reiterated her government’s keen interest to intensify trade, economic and regional peace and security partnerships with Asean countries and sought support to that end. Read More »

Trump to and from the Paris deal

Washington, Jan 11, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the United States could “conceivably” return to the Paris climate accord, although he stopped short of signaling any move in that direction. Read More »

Capitalizing on climate unity

Hilda Heine and Kevin Rudd Bonn – When Donald Trump was elected US president a year ago, some said the end of the Paris climate agreement was nigh. Yet, as the latest round of global climate talks in Bonn, Germany, has shown, the world’s political leaders are more committed to the deal than ever. This is good news, but the ... Read More »

Bring climate justice to forefront of global pacts: PM

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the developed country leaders to bring their historical responsibilities and the issue of climate justice to the forefront of a robust and effective legally binding agreement to address the issues of climate change. Secondly, the actors should be identified from local to global levels for implementing adaptation and mitigation measures, with particular focus ... Read More »

US notifies UN of Paris climate deal pullout

The Trump administration has issued its first written notification that the US intends to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement. But in the notice to the United Nations the US state department said Washington would remain in the talks process. President Donald Trump drew international condemnation in June when he first announced the US intention to withdraw. Read More »

UK airlines warn of delays at EU airports

British Airways and Easyjet have sent text alerts to customers warning of delays at EU border controls. BA said it is asking travellers to arrive early as it is expecting longer queues due to “enhanced immigration checks” across Europe. The airline has already sent text messages to customers flying back from Lyon, Madrid, Barcelona and Milan. Ryanair is also advising ... Read More »

Trump hints at climate deal shift in Paris talks

Media captionToned-down Trump: What happened to the tough talk on Paris? French President Emmanuel Macron said he “respected” Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord but that France would remain committed. “On climate we know what our differences are,” Mr Macron said in Paris on Thursday, adding that it was important to move forward. Speaking alongside ... Read More »

Bangladesh, Sri Lanka sign 14 instruments

Dhaka – Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on Friday signed 14 instruments, one agreement and 13 memorandums of understanding (MoU), to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in the areas of economy, agriculture, shipping, higher education, information and technology and media. The instruments were signed in presence of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Prime Minister’s ... Read More »

‘US withdrawal exposes Paris pact’s flaws’

Statement of the March for Science Philippines on US’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord ‘The March for Science Philippines strongly condemns the United States under the leadership of President Donald Trump after it pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord. The US’ withdrawal from the pact is an act of blatant disagreement with the scientific consensus on the reality ... Read More »

US pullout from Paris deal: What it means

By withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement, President Donald Trump abdicated not only leadership but membership of the community of nations cooperating to tackle climate change, the most serious crisis facing humanity. Trump’s announcement was shocking, even though it was not unexpected. It was shocking for showing the extreme lengths to which the President would go to deny ... Read More »