Former President of Ghana, John Mahama, has described as sad the decision of President Donald Trump to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate accord.
Mr. Trump speaking from the White House Thursday June 1, 2017, proclaimed he was withdrawing the US from accord in fulfillment of a campaign promise, terribly dampening global efforts to curb global warming.
Nonetheless, he added that he was open to renegotiating aspects of the agreement which was signed by his predecessor.
The accord has been signed onto by all nations except two.
Announcing his decision, Trump said “we’re getting out…and we will start to renegotiate and we’ll see if there’s a better deal. If we can, great. If we can’t, that’s fine.”
In activating the official withdrawal process, Mr. Trump sparked a lengthy process that will not conclude until 2020, CNN reported the same month he is up for reelection, ensuring the issue becomes a major topic of debate in the next presidential contest.
Commenting on the development Friday, Mr. Mahama said the decision by the president of the free world was “unbelievable” and “a very sad day for global cooperation.”
“Trump’s decision on climate change comes from a truly misinformed position. The NDCs agreed at COP21 were voluntary and reached by consensus. Like a flag changing direction with the wind, the world becomes a truly unpredictable place when such global treaties can be reversed by the electoral decisions of one nation.
“The rest of the world will forge on with the Paris agreement. We owe it to our children and future generations. The US has just abdicated its leadership on a matter of critical global importance,” he added.