UN Environment chief Erik Solheim
released the following statement on June 1, 2017on the US decision to withdraw
from the Paris Agreement on climate change.
“The science on climate change is perfectly clear: we need more
action, not less. This is a global challenge. Every nation has a responsibility
to act and to act now.
The US decision to leave Paris in no way brings an end to this
unstoppable effort. China, India, the European Union and others are already
showing strong leadership. 190 nations are showing strong determination to work
with them to protect this and future generations.
There is incredible momentum on climate action from individual
states, cities, the private sector and citizens. A single political decision
will not derail this unparalleled effort. UN Environment urges all parties to
redouble their efforts. We will work with everyone willing to make a
Climate action is not a burden, but an unprecedented
opportunity. A shift to renewable energy creates more jobs, better paid jobs
and better quality jobs. Decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels will build
more inclusive and robust economies. It will save millions of lives and slash
the huge healthcare cost of pollution.
Committing to climate action means helping countries like Iraq
and Somalia on the front line of extremism and terrorism. It means helping
coastal communities from Louisiana to the Solomon Islands. It means protecting
food security and building stability to avoid adding yet more refugees to what
is already an unprecedented global humanitarian crisis.
The Paris Agreement is founded on clear evidence, solid science
and incredible international collaboration. It will put aside differences to
tackle a common, monumental challenge. The reversal of damage to the ozone
layer proves that such a global effort can succeed. Ultimately, this is an
investment in our own survival that no-one can afford to abandon.”