In 16 September 2017, environment ministers of thirty countries advanced resolutely in Montreal towards the implementation of the Paris climate agreement when the Americans suddenly turned around after they relaxed their position.
“We are glad for the success of our meeting” and the reaffirmation that “the Paris agreement is irreversible and non-negotiable,” said the Canadian Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna at the final press conference.
A direct reminder for the United States of their signature – by the previous administration – of an agreement endorsed at the end of 2015 in Paris by nearly 200 countries in the world and the President Donald Trump in June announced his withdrawal.
In order to respect a calendar that was shaken by Donald Trump’s decision, the European Union, China and Canada have taken the decision to advance in what they made about the climate
According to Arias Cañete, the objective of the conference was to work in order to develop a “compilation of rules to monitor, verify and compare” the level of emissions by country.
The Ministerial Conference was 30 years after the signing of the Montreal Protocol for the Protection of the Ozone Layer. This first significant agreement on the environment has “eliminated more than 99% of the substances that deplete the ozone layer”, said Mrs. McKenna, explaining that by the middle of the century this layer should be reconstituted.