The menacing shadow of Donald Trump is looming over the meeting of heads of state and government being held today in Marrakech for Cop2, within the UN climate conference that started its second week (and will end Nov. 18th).
Next to the king of Morocco and the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, there are about thirty African presidents (who also participate in the Africa Action Summit, which should allow Morocco to pave the way for its return to the African Union) and many heads of state of the Pacific countries, in addition to a few Western leaders: François Hollande, who wants to ensure the transition with Cop21 Paris where the historic climate agreement was signed on the last year, Mariano Rajoy or the Portuguese prime Minister, while other European countries send senior representatives instead of their leaders. Until yesterday, it was not even clear whether the U.S. will be represented by the Secretary of State John Kerry.
The goal of Cop22 is to clarify the application of conditions on the Paris Agreement, which came into force on Nov. 4th ahead of schedule, as it has been now ratified by 97 countries representing 69% of global emissions of Co2. But Trump’s positions threaten to blow up everything.