Why it’s not fair to lump Nicaragua with the U.S. when it comes to the Paris climate accord

The Eiffel tower is illuminated in green with the words ‘Paris Agreement is Done’ on Nov. 4, 2016. Only three UN members have opted not to sign one: Syria, Nicaragua and the United States. (Jacky Naegelen/Reuters)

Nicaragua is tired of being lumped in with the U.S. when it comes to the Paris climate accord.

When President Donald Trump announced earlier this month the U.S. would not sign the international agreement, the U.S. joined just two other UN members in the same boat. One of them is Syria, which is mired in a devastating civil war. The other is Nicaragua.

- payin the bills -

But Nicaragua’s problem with the Paris agreement is a lot different than Trump’s.

Nicaraguan National Policy Minister Paul Oquist, the country’s negotiator at the 2015 Paris talks, outlined those differences to As It Happens host Carol Off. Here is part of their conversation:

U.S. President Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump refers to amounts of temperature change as he announces his decision that the United States will withdraw from the landmark Paris climate agreement. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

- paying the bills -

Carol Off: Donald Trump says the Paris climate accord is too restrictive for the United States. Why didn’t Nicaragua sign on?

Paul Oquist: Because the agreement is too weak. The agreement is not legally binding. The agreement does not keep temperature under 2 C. It doesn’t achieve the 1.5 C degree goal. It has developing countries renouncing their legal rights to indemnization for the losses and damages that they’re receiving year after year. So the Paris agreement doesn’t fulfil its own objectives.

The Paris agreement is set up in such a way that it is getting the large emitters off the hook. The large emitting countries do not want to commit themselves to the degree of emissions reductions required to reach the 1.5 C target, or even the 2 C target. So they are looking for all kinds of subterfuges to not oblige themselves to take the political decisions, economic decisions, that would be required to stop climate change.

Nicaraguan National Policy Minister Paul Oquist

Paul Oquist, seen here at the 2016 UN climate change conference, says the Paris accord lets countries that emit the most greenhouse gases off the hook. (Youssef Boudlal/Reuters)

CO: You’re saying it’s because it doesn’t go far enough.

- paying the bills --

PO: Absolutely.

It will be less water, less food, less health, less nutrition, more poverty — and more migration, by the way, towards the northern countries.

There are already climate change refugees in the world. … The world is headed to very difficult times because of the failure of the high-emitter countries to come to terms with the absolute necessity that they reduce their emissions … so I think that the developed countries should think this through. Think through what the consequences of not assuming the responsibilities now are going to be.

CO: What do you think of Canada’s record on greenhouse gas emissions?

PO: Canada left the Kyoto agreement, as you know. … Canada has two per cent of the world’s emissions. It’s among the top 10. [Editor’s Note: Canada’s emissions in 2013 made up 1.6 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to Environment Canada. It ranks ninth among the world’s top 10 emitters.]

It would be wonderful if Canada would take a leadership role among them, because Canada has the ability to do so, I think. It has very good international relations. And to take a leadership role in here so as to plant the necessity of reducing the gigatonnes for 2030 from 55 to below 35. With that we could put the lid on 1.5 C temperature change in this century and save the world from a lot of grief — of death, destruction, massive migrations, and disease.

But to do that it’s going to very strong measures to take the world very swiftly to a genuinely low-carbon economy and to massive capture of greenhouse gases via the reforestation of degraded land.

Source: CBC Radio

Related Articles

Nicaragua still the country with the greatest mobility in Central America in times of pandemic

TODAY NICARAGUA - Eight months after the first case of Covid-19...

19 dead and 45 injured in traffic accident in Waslala, Matagalpa

TODAY NICARAGUA - The overturning of a truck left 16 people...


Rosario Murillo: La Heredera (The Heiress)

Rosarion Murillo, the "eternally loyal" to her husband and political partner, Daniel Ortega. In a profile by Confidencial in October 2016, before her election as...

Better Air Connectivity Between Nicaragua and the US

The private companies' association is in talks with United Airlines to promote the opening of a route that connects Nicaragua with the east coast...

Nicaragua Unveils Central America’s Largest Baseball Stadium

Nicaragua has unveiled its long-awaited baseball stadium in Managua, replacing the former baseball field built in 1948. The new structure will hold up to...

Bianca Jagger Gets Into The Nicaragua Act Again

(American Thinker)  Remember Bianca Jagger? You know, the disco queen and former rock-star's wife turned leftwing "human rights activist" who was last seen mourning...

What Are Some of Nicaragua’s Popular Food?

TODAY NICARAGUA - Nicaragua is an interesting place, with a tumultuous history and a relatively peaceful present. and even if many things can be...

Nicaragua Praised by the IMF

The IMF noted the positive evolution of all the country's economic indicators, and the drastic fall in poverty, with an increase of 33% in...

Poll Shows Declining Expectations on a Nicaraguan Canal

According to the results of the most recent survey conducted by Cid Gallup, the Nicaraguan interoceanic canal project, a concession given to the Chinese...

Let's Keep This Going!

To be updated with all the latest news and information about Nicaragua and Latin America.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.