- Title: Kerry arrives at climate negotiations overshadowed by Trump
- Date: 16th November 2016
- Summary: MARRAKESH, MOROCCO (NOVEMBER 16, 2016) (AGENCY POOL) COP22 BANNER PEOPLE WAITING IN FRONT OF MEETING ROOM SECURITY OFFICERS IN FRONT OF MEETING ROOM WIDE OF MEETING ROOM/U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SITTING NEXT TO AZIZ MEKOUAR, FORMER MOROCCAN AMBASSADOR TO U.S. U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SITTING NEXT TO AZIZ MEKOUAR, FORMER MOROCCAN AMBASSADOR TO U.S. SEGOLENE ROYAL, FRENCH ENVIRONMENT MINISTER MEETING ROOM/MEDIA OUTSIDE OF MEETING ROOM
- Embargoed: 1st December 2016 16:30
- Keywords: Kerry Trump climate change Morocco Marrakesh
- Location: MARRAKESH, MOROCCO
- City: MARRAKESH, MOROCCO
- Country: Morocco
- Topics: Environment,Climate Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00158P1XDZ
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- Story Text: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived at the Marrakesh climate conference on Wednesday (November 16) hoping to decide the finer points of an historic climate agreement after a year of negotiations that resulted in global agreements to stave off the worst effects of climate change.
Instead, he finds himself having to reassure delegates from almost 200 nations they can count on the United States to abide by the 2015 Paris agreement, despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's promise to withdraw the United States from the climate treaty.
Kerry told reporters that he would talk to the assembly why the U.S. is committed to 2015 Paris agreement, however president-elect Donald Trump will have the final say on this matter.
Trump has called climate change a hoax, and said he would rip up the Paris deal, halt any U.S. taxpayer funds for U.N. global warming programs, and revive the U.S. coal sector.
A source on Trump's transition team said this week that he is seeking quick ways to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement, which seeks to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
The accord won enough backing to enter into force on Nov. 4, four days before the U.S. election, and the conference in Morocco started in part as a celebration of that landmark.
The United States worked closely with China last year to build support for the Paris agreement, and the partnership of the two biggest greenhouse gas emitters helped convince other countries to back the agreement.
The agreement seeks to phase out net greenhouse gas emissions by the second half of the century and limit global warming to "well below" 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times.
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