At that time, Syria and Nicaragua were the only other countries that had not signed. The effort was spearheaded by the Obama administration to codify an global commitment to ward off the impact of climate change.
"I find it ironic that the government of Syria, OK, would say that it wants to be involved, and that it cares so much about climate and things like Carbon dioxide gas", she told reporters.
Chai Qimin, a climate negotiator from China's National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, said, "They were the last party to the U.N. Convention to sign the Paris Agreement", referring to 1992 U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, the bedrock treaty for U.N. climate talks.
The same day, Macron said "wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: make our planet great again" and called on USA -based scientists to come to France to work on climate-related issues, in an unprecedented English-language speech from the French presidential palace.
The United States is now alone in the world in its rejection of the Paris climate agreement. The Nicaraguan government snubbed the accord because it believed the goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius by 2100 was not ambitious enough. "It makes us the only country denying the reality of #climatechange". Former President Barack Obama bypassed Congress by signing an executive order - which made it easy for Donald Trump to withdraw from the deal in June. And Trump's presidency has been clear about following the accord's rule. The Article 28 of the Paris climate agreement notes that the earliest date at which America could leave cannot be prior to November 4, 2020.
"It is the only instrument we have in the world that allows the unity of intentions and efforts to face up to climate change and natural disasters", Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo said, according to Reuters. Nicaragua, which was one of the last holdouts, in September announced it would join the accord.
The summit, spearheaded by French President Emmanuel Macron, will host more than 100 world leaders in France on December 12, according to The Associated Press.
The summit aims at promoting green projects and providing new funding sources, a few weeks after separate talks that are now being held at a global climate conference in Bonn, Germany.
On Nov. 3, the Trump administration released its National Climate Assessment, a federal report that has been mandatory since 1990.