Delegates from Syria made the announcement at climate talks in Bonn, Germany.
Syria will at long last sign the Paris climate agreement, leaving the United States as the only country in the entire world that does not want to be party to the accord.
— Climate Tracker (@ClimateTracking) November 7, 2017
The Syrian delegate made the announcement Tuesday at the United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany, where talks are underway to get countries to implement their plans under the agreement faster and more aggressively.
Forged in 2015, the Paris agreement is a broad, voluntary framework designed to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels by the end of century. The aim is to help countries hold each other accountable in reducing emissions; it also asks richer countries to help out poorer countries that will suffer the worst impacts of climate change.
Syria, meanwhile, has been enmeshed in a devastating civil war that’s killed more than 475,000 and displaced 14 million. Its government was also under sanctions, making it difficult for representatives to travel to international climate meetings. While it offered no explanation for its decision to join, it nonetheless sent to a pointed message to the US: You are all alone in your recalcitrance on climate change.