Soon, the US and war-torn Syria will be the only countries uninterested in participating in the Paris Agreement.
This week, El Nuevo Diario, one of Managua’s major newspapers, reported that Nicaragua’s president, Daniel Ortega, had committed to signing the Paris Agreement. Ortega’s administration had previously opted not to sign on in protest; Nicaragua’s diplomats felt that the deal was far weaker than it should have been.
But Ortega said his decision was prompted by the growing number of climate change-linked problems faced by developing countries around the world.
In 2013, the World Bank described Nicaragua as a “renewable energy paradise.”
“We have to be in solidarity with the large number of countries that are the first victims, who are already the victims, and who will continue to suffer the impact of these disasters,” Ortega said, according to El Nuevo Diario. “These are countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean that are in areas that are highly vulnerable.”
A plan is in the works for Nicaragua to join the agreement “soon,” he said. “We have already had meetings addressing the issue.”