"The Paris accord is very unfair to the United States," US president Donald Trump said after announcing he would remove the US from the global pact to fight climate change.
The German chancellor has given an impassioned speech on the merits of international cooperation and multilateralism. She warned against "destructive isolationism" at the inauguration of the Paris Peace Forum.
Leaders of some 70 countries have commemorated the armistice that ended World War I a century ago. Some 10 million soldiers lost their lives in the conflict.
Scientists fear potential Trump administration obstruction as top climate change body finalizes a major report of future global warming scenarios and ways to mitigate impacts.
Governments are not keeping their promises when it comes to funding climate protection and everyone will suffer for it. The problem comes down to a lack of "strong leadership," UN chief Antonio Guterres has said.
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