Quitting Paris climate deal would threaten US security, UN chief warns

Antnio Guterres supposes exiting landmark accordance would threaten US economy and society: If someone leaves a void, I secure someone will fill it

The UN secretary general, Antnio Guterres, told on Tuesday that if the US exits the Paris climate agreement, there could be negative economic, security and societal consequences for the country.

Guterres issued the warn after calling on world leaders to adhere to the agreement in his first major lecture on climate change as secretary general.

His statements at New York Universitys Stern School of Business went as the world waits for Donald Trump to announce whether the country will continue to uphold the Paris deal, which practically 200 countries signed as a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas radiations.

In a question and answer session after the lecture, a student asked how the US can address climate change when its president has threatened to back out of the Paris accord.

If someone leaves a void, I secure someone will fill it, replied Guterres, who went on to explain what consequences such an exit could have for the US.

Today, the economy and social facets are linked to the environmental facets, but “its also” linked to the security facets, they are linked to the risks of conflict, replied Guterres.

He persisted: if you leave a void to others to occupy, you might be creating a problem to your own internal security.

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