The United States has officially rejoined the Paris Agreement on Friday (February 19), said the US Embassy, New Delhi on Twitter. The embassy tweeted ” Today is the day. The United States officially rejoins the Paris Agreement today, Feb 19. #GoodToBeBack #ClimateAction #COP26.
— U.S. Embassy India (@USAndIndia) February 19, 2021
The Paris Agreement was signed on December 12, 2015, and was enforced from November 4, 2016. It is a legally binding international treaty on climate change that has been adopted by 196 countries.
The aim of the treaty is to keep the rise in global temperature under 2 degrees as compared to pre-industrial levels. The long-term strategy of the Paris Agreement is to formulate a plan for long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies.
Former US President Donald Trump had announced that his country would exit the Paris Agreement in June 2017. However, the process was formally completed on November 4, 2020, a day after the 2020 US Presidential elections.
Trump had said that the agreement would “undermine” the U.S. economy and put the U.S. “at a permanent disadvantage. However, according to the rules of the agreement a nation could only exit the treaty after three years of enforcement of its enforcement.
US President Joe Biden had said throughout his elction campaign that he would rejoin the treaty if he wins the presidency and would take major steps in helping in the fight against climate change.