U.S. isolated as India, other G20 members back Paris climate pact

Theresa May will raise the issue of climate change with Donald Trump this weekend when the pair meet for the first time since she lost her majority in the general election.Prime Minister Narendra Modi with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders during the family photo at G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany on Friday.India said today that it remains committed on the issue of climate change “as per its own values and requirements”, days after the United States announced its decision to pull out of the landmark Paris agreement.The US stance on other issues, such as worldwide trade and migration, was also marked by a different tone than that of the other 19 countries participating in the meeting.Panagariya also said India maintained its position on climate change that it needs time to progress eventually to fully clean fuel.It took almost 20 years of negotiations, but in December 2015 countries worldwide had finally brokered an agreement on tackling climate change.In the summit’s official declaration, the leaders of the world’s most powerful economies “take note” of the decision of the U.S. to withdraw from the deal, adding that “the leaders of the other G20 members state that the Paris Agreement is irreversible”. They acknowledged that the malicious use of information and communications technologies can endanger financial stability.”Many things have happened that have led to trade imbalances”, Trump said, adding that he wants a new global trade framework that would be “equitable” and “reciprocal”.The leaders recognised the role of legitimate trade defence instruments and vowed to promote favourable environment for trade and investment.”I hope he will understand that unless all the nations of the world get together to reduce emissions and try to preserve and protect our planet then the next generation are going to have more climate disasters”.”We have agreed on the Hamburg Action Plan on climate change and energy”. “We reaffirm our strong commitment to the Paris Agreement, moving swiftly towards its full implementation in accordance with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities”.Trump had said in May that the USA would withdraw from the 2015 Paris pact in which almost 200 nations pledged to curb greenhouse gas emissions.Ms Merkel’s husband, who is famed for eschewing publicity, has not commented on the visit but his wife has made it clear she is committed to tackling climate change at the summit.May has previously expressed her “disappointment” at Trump’s decision to withdraw.The Agreement was adopted on December 12, 2015, by 195 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), replacing its predecessor Kyoto Protocol.