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A former Minister for Sustainable Development in the St Lucia Labour Party administration says the decision by United States President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Climate Change Paris Agreement is not surprising, but disappointing.

President Trump announced Thursday that his administration will exit the Paris climate agreement fulfilling a campaign promise and satisfying strong Republican opposition to the global climate deal. The Paris Climate Agreement is a pact between nearly 200 nations to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to fight climate change.

Dr James Fletcher who was intimately involved with St Lucia’s participation in the COP 21 says despite the pull out of the US, there is global consensus from other world countries in Asia Europe and Canada to reduce the impact of climate change.

Dr Fletcher notes that in addition to the financial impact associated with the United States pull out from the Paris Agreement, the move will create further challenges in meeting the goal of reduce carbon emissions by the end of this century.

He remains hopeful that the commitment given by other countries can translate into action, that can help small island states build resilience.

Former President Barack Obama used his power as president to join the Paris Accord without a vote in the legislature. Similarly, Trump used his authority to call it quits.

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