UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he believes U.S. President Elect Donald Trump will not seek to undo the Paris climate deal despite his campaign pledge to cancel the landmark agreement on combating global warming.
"He has made a lot of worrying statements, but I am sure that he will understand the whole importance and seriousness and urgency," said Ban in an interview with the AFP news agency on November 11.
Trump has called global warming a hoax, wants to cancel the Paris Agreement, and halt all U.S. funding of UN global warming programs.
More than 100 nations representing 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions have joined the historic Paris Agreement, the world's first universal climate pact, which came into force in early November.
Under the Paris pact, countries have submitted voluntary pledges to cut the greenhouse gas emissions that cause dangerous global warming.
The agreement commits nations to collectively capping Earth's average temperature increase at under 2 degrees Celsius.