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May speaks out against Trump 26 September 2017

Theresa May speaks out against Trump climate change stance at UN (via The Guardian)

By Heather Stewart

Theresa May has issued a veiled warning to Donald Trump, arguing that his plan to withdraw from the Paris climate change treaty ranks alongside North Korea’s nuclear missile tests as a threat to global prosperity and security.

In a speech to the United Nations general assembly, the prime minister, whose authority at home has been severely tested since June’s general election result, sought to project her vision of a “rules–based” international order.

She said global cooperation was the only way to confront shared international challenges, including terrorism, climate change, and mass movements of refugees – and condemned countries that fail to play by the rules.

The prime minister did not name the US president directly but made clear that she believed ongoing membership of the Paris climate change accord was as important as the nuclear non–proliferation treaty in maintaining global security.

“As the global system struggles to adapt, we are confronted by states deliberately flouting – for their own gain – the rules and standards that have secured our collective prosperity and security,” she said.

She singled out Russia, Syria and North Korea for direct condemnation, but described the climate change treaty as part of the “rules–based system” that protects global peace and security.

“It is the fundamental values that we share, values of fairness, justice and human rights, that have created the common cause between nations to act together in our shared interest and form the multilateral system.

“And it is this rules–based system which we have developed – including the institutions, the international frameworks of free and fair trade, agreements such as the Paris climate change accord, and laws and conventions like the non–proliferation treaty – which enables the global co–operation through which we can protect those values.”

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