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BRICS urge all countries to implement Paris Climate Agreement

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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The heads of state of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, which constitute the BRICS emerging countries, have called for the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate despite opposition from the United States.

In a joint statement issued on Friday on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, the BRICS leaders urged the international community to jointly adhere to the Paris climate agreement and assist developing nations in resolving issues associated with its implementation.

"We call upon the international community to jointly work toward implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change," read the statement.

The BRICS stand is in opposition with US President Donald Trump, whose withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement to tackle climate change and protectionist instincts risk leaving him isolated at the two-day G20 summit.

G20 summit is an annual event gathering the heads of governments and states of 20 major economies to discuss and promote financial stability around the globe, as well as some other pressing issues.

In early June, the United States announced its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord President Trump argued that the agreement would hurt American jobs.

Trump had said earlier that climate change was a “hoax" devised to weaken the US economy in favor of China.

US President Donald Trump on the first day of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The US decision is seen as a significant foreign policy break with nearly every other country in the world and a major reversal of the former administration's efforts to stop, or at least slow down, global warming.

The landmark Paris Climate Agreement, which went into effect on November 4, 2016, had been approved by representatives of 195 countries, including top polluters, the US and China.

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