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

Antnio Guterres tells exiting landmark accordance would threaten US economy and society: If person leaves a vacancy, I secure person 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 results for the two countries.

Guterres issued the tell 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 saw as the world waits for Donald Trump to announce whether the two countries 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 wished to know how the US can address climate change when its president has threatened to back out of the Paris accord.

If someone leaves a vacancy, I secure person will fill it, mentioned Guterres, who went on to explain what results such an exit could have for the US.

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

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

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