Written by Keshala Dias
06 Oct, 2016 | 8:11 am
The UN said on Wednesday October 5 that the most comprehensive international agreement ever to combat man made climate change will take effect next month (after 30 days), which is less than a year after negotiators from more than 190 countries reached a final deal on the issue.
The Paris Agreement is meant to signal the beginning of the end of more than 100 years of fossil fuels serving as the primary engine of economic growth and shows that governments from around the world take climate change seriously.
As for the agreement, the participating countries are to commit in working to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to transparently report those results with the goal of keeping global temperature rise.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “This is our chance to set us on course towards a safer, more sustainable and more just future for all on a healthy planet.”
He also went on to note, all participating nations to be true to the values and aims of the organisation.
U.S President Barack Obama hailed the news as “a turning point for our planet.”
U.N. Spokesman Farhan Haq said the EU, Canada and Nepal would deposit their instruments of ratification, edging the percentage of emissions by ratifying countries past the 55% threshold needed for the treaty to take effect.
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