Trump causes rift on climate change at G7 conference

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on all leaders of government, business, and civil society to back the Paris climate change agreement and take actions to slow down global warming.

He said he will strengthen North-South, South-South and other partnerships to implement the Paris Agreement.

"I was sitting in on some of the discussions in Brussels, by the way, where climate change came up, and the president was open, he was curious about why others were in the position they were in - his counterparts in other nations", he said.

Cash, who was the minister at Wednesday's hearing, said the government had made it clear that the United States saying the course with the global climate agreement was desirable and in Australia's national interest.

Perhaps more importantly we have reports of China being "strongly dissatisfied" with the mention of the East and South China Sea issues in a G7 statement which said they were concerned by the situation in the South China Sea and East China Sea.

"But even if the government decides to leave the Paris agreement, it's very important for USA society as a whole - the cities, the states, the companies, the businesses - to remain engaged".

Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters Saturday, "The whole discussion about climate has been hard".

US President Donald Trump prepares to get off his vehicle as he arrives for a G7 session with outreach countries in Taormina, Italy, Saturday, May 27, 2017. The leaks, including some that have brought the Russian Federation outreach charges to within sniffing distance of Trump, has led the White House to be in a perpetual firefighting mode, detracting the new administration from governance. Like Trump, the secretary of state has faced pressure from foreign diplomats to maintain U.S. participation in the climate agreement. Exxon's CEO wrote Trump personally earlier this month urging him to remain in the deal, saying doing so means "a seat at the negotiating table to ensure a level playing field".

Trump's top economic and national security advisers have declined to comment on allegations levelled at Jared Kushner.

US President Donald Trump is open to various positions concerning the US participation in the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said in an interview with the CBS broadcaster.

"Our withdrawal would send the wrong message to the world".

  • Zachary Reyes