Nicaragua has officially joined the Paris climate change agreement, making Syria the only country not to be a party to the deal and the United States the only nation determined to pull out of it.
The Guardian reported Monday that the Nicaraguan government presented the relevant documents for the agreement at the United Nations.
Nicaragua initially resisted signing the Paris deal because its negotiators said the accord’s goals were too weak and didn’t go far enough.
However, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega told local media last month that his country was preparing to sign the agreement.
“We will soon adhere, we will sign the Paris Agreement,” he said, according to Nicaraguan newspaper El Nuevo Diaro.
Ortega said at the time that Nicaragua will sign the Paris climate accord in solidarity with countries most vulnerable to the impact of natural disasters and climate change.
“We have to be in solidarity with this large number of countries that are the first victims, who are already the victims and are the ones who will continue to suffer the impact of these disasters and which are countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, of the Caribbean, which are in highly vulnerable areas,” he concluded.
“Scientists have told the political leaders, the rulers that this (the Accord) does not give, and have said that it is not true that you will be able to reduce the warming with these actions that are being committed in word, because there is no obligation to do what is being said there. That is, it is a declaration, a proclamation,” Ortega had argued.
President Trump announced he would be withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord at the beginning of June, calling it “unfair.”
“The bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States,” Trump said.
The Hill added:
The Trump administration filed formal notice with the United Nations in August that it would be leaving the deal “as soon as it is eligible to do so.” The earlier the U.S. can leave the deal is Nov. 4, 2020.
Trump’s decision was met with widespread criticism. After his announcement, a dozen states and hundreds of cities announced they would uphold the tenants of the climate deal.
According to the World Bank, Nicaragua gets more than half its energy from renewable sources, and it’s aiming to produce up to 90 percent renewable power by 2020.