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Nations will move forward on climate goals irrespective of US: Global business group

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The world will push ahead with plans to tackle climate change with or without the United States, the chairman of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board told CNBC on Friday.

"I don't think that the framework for movement forward on climate change rests on any single country or indeed on any single government," Richard Samans said.

"There is a very broad consensus for movement, as was made clear at the climate negotiating meeting that occurred last month in Morocco. There are nearly 200 countries that are committed to move forward on this," he added.

Samans was referring to November's Marrakech Climate Change Conference, otherwise known as COP22.

A year earlier, at COP21 in Paris, world leaders agreed to make sure global warming stayed "well below" 2 degrees Celsius and to "pursue efforts" to limit the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. There are fears that President-elect Donald Trump may pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement.

"Irrespective of what the ultimate posture of the new U.S. administration is, there's going to be a lot of movement and action to follow through on the commitments that these couple hundred countries made in those negotiations," Samans said.

"I believe that the other countries are going to move forward irrespective of the United States," Samans went on to state.