June 1, 2017 / 9:06 PM / in a year

U.N. says U.S. withdrawal from Paris deal 'major disappointment'

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States’ decision to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate agreement was a “major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Thursday.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia, June 1, 2017. REUTERS/Valery Sharifulin/TASS/Host Photo Agency/Pool

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “remains confident that cities, states and businesses within the United States - along with other countries - will continue to demonstrate vision and leadership by working for the low-carbon, resilient economic growth that will create quality jobs and markets for 21st century prosperity,” Dujarric said.

He said it was crucial that the United States remains a leader on environmental issues and that Guterres looked forward to engaging with the U.S. government “to build the sustainable future on which our grandchildren depend.”

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Andrew Hay

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