The United Nations has said the decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change is a major setback in global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security.

A spokesman for Secretary General Antonio Guterres told reporters in New York that Paris Agreement offers a meaningful framework for action by all countries.

“The Paris Agreement was adopted by all the world's nations in 2015 because they recognize the immense harm that climate change is already causing and the enormous opportunity that climate action presents,” Stéphane Dujarric told the media.

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