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U.S. isolated over climate change

Greenpeace activists with the giant statue depicting U.S. President Donald Trump stage a protest at the front of the Elbphilharmonie concert hall at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017.

Greenpeace activists with the giant statue depicting U.S. President Donald Trump stage a protest at the front of the Elbphilharmonie concert hall at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

World leaders have isolated U.S. President Donald Trump at the G20 summit over his climate sceptic stance, according to a draft communiqué seen by AFP Friday.

The document underlines that the 2015 Paris climate accord is “irreversible” and affirms that other G20 nations are committed to the deal while taking note of Washington's decision to quit the agreement.

Earlier the BRICS group of four major emerging market countries had urged fellow members of the G20 to push for the implementation of the Paris climate deal that was rejected by the U.S.

Call for commitment

In a joint communique issued on the first day of the G20 summit on Friday, BRICS also called on their peers to commit themselves to maintaining an open global trading system. Both positions put the four emerging market giants at odds withDonald Trump, whose withdrawal from the Paris agreement and protectionist instincts risk leaving him isolated.

“We call upon the international community to jointly work towards implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change,” they wrote. “We firmly support a rules-based, transparent, non-discriminatory, open and inclusive multilateral trading system, implementation and enforcement of existing WTO rules and commitments and oppose protectionism.”

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