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US Formally Notifies United Nations of Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord - State Department

© AP Photo / Michel EulerThe Eiffel Tower lights up with the slogan"Action Now"referring to the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015
The Eiffel Tower lights up with the sloganAction Nowreferring to the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 - Sputnik International
According to Article 28 of the Paris Climate Agreement, a country can exit the deal as early as 4 November 2020, provided that its government sends a withdrawal notification to the United Nations one year prior to that date.

A US State Department official told reporters on Monday that Washington had notified the United Nations that it would exit from the deal, adding that this would mark the first formal step in a one-year process to exit the global pact to mitigate climate change.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Monday that the US had kicked off the formal withdrawal process, while stressing that Washington is proud of its "record as a world leader in reducing all emissions".

Spokeswoman for the US Department of State, Morgan Ortagus, echoed Pompeo's statement, adding that the US "will continue to assist our partners to reduce emissions".

UN spokesman Farhan Haq said Monday that the United Nations has received an official notification by the United States outlining its intent to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement within a year

"We have received it, we can confirm it", Haq said on Monday when asked whether the United States has sent a notice to the United Nations.

​In 2017, the Trump administration announced that it would withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement as soon as it is legally allowed to do so.

The Paris Agreement, a landmark climate accord signed in the French capital in 2015, aims to keep global average temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Currently, 197 countries are parties to the Paris Agreement, and 185 have ratified the treaty.

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