TOSI MPANU MPANU
Is the DRC’s negotiator for to the United Nations Convention on Climate change sinceDecember 2007. He has been chairman of the group of African negotiators (January 2010 to December 2011)
June 1, 2017, President Trump announced the United States’ unilateral withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. This unfortunate decision goes against the scientific consensus on the causes of climate change and is a massive blow for the United Nations’ multilateral system.
This decision is all the more incomprehensible as a large part of the American public, the majority of the American administration and the American business community support the Paris agreement. In practice, the United States’ disengagement comes down to the cancellation of promises of financial assistance to international climate funds such as the Green Fund.
Paradoxically, President Trump’s decision is likely to create a general reaction that will motivate the 195 other signatories of the Paris agreement to intensify their collaboration and actions against the devastating impacts of climate change. In the US, 12 States representing 30% of the GDP and the mayors of 187 cities representing 52 million residents decided to respect their country’s commitment to reduce emissions from 28 to 26 % from now until 2025. The European Union, India and China already reiterated their unwavering commitment to the implementation of this historic agreement.
For its part, the DRC will continue to take its responsibilities by supporting the objectives of the Paris agreement through its enormous potential in clean energy and its five-year investment plan on forests which aims to mobilise 1 billion dollars using its national REDD + fund. The international community’s determination to implement the Paris agreement remains clear and firm, and it is unlikely the announcement of President Trump will compromise this pledge.