NRDC is working to make the Global Climate Action Summit a success by inspiring more ambitious commitments for the historic 2015 agreement and strengthened initiatives to reduce pollution. On August 4, 2017, the Trump administration officially communicated to the United Nations that the United States intended to withdraw from the Paris Agreement as soon as it had the legal right to do so.  The withdrawal request could only be filed when the agreement for the United States entered into force on November 4, 2019 for a three-year sentence.   On November 4, 2019, the U.S. government deposited the withdrawal notification with the United Nations Secretary-General, depositary of the agreement, and formally withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement a year later.  After the November 2020 election, President-elect Joe Biden pledged to reinstate the United States in the Paris Agreement on his first day in office and to renew America`s commitment to mitigate climate change.   The quality of each country on track to meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement can be continuously monitored online (through the Climate Action Tracker and the Climate Clock). From an international perspective, long-term strategies give the Paris Agreement credibility and certainty about achieving its objectives. They also enhance transparency and build trust between nations, with each side showing its commitment to working towards emissions neutrality and encouraging others to follow suit. On the solid basis of positive reciprocity of action, long-term strategies are an ideal instrument for governments to share their commitment to tackling climate change with other countries that need this information to assess their commitment. The agreement recognises the role of non-stakeholders in the fight against climate change, including cities, other sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector and others. Both the EU and its Member States are individually responsible for ratifying the Paris Agreement.
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