• At least 130 countries vow to sign Paris accord Apr 22

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    NEW YORK: More than 130 countries have confirmed they will sign the historic climate Paris Agreement, adopted last December in the French capital, at a ceremony on April 22, the first day that the accord will be open for signature, the United Nations said.

    It stressed this would surpass the previous record of 119 signatures for an opening day signing for an international agreement, set by the Law of the Sea in Montego Bay in 1982.

    “In addition, more countries have informally indicated they will sign the agreement, with the numbers increasing rapidly each week,” the UN added. A number of countries have also indicated they will deposit their instruments of ratification immediately after signing the agreement.

    Over 60 heads of state and government will attend the ceremony, including French President François Hollande, demonstrating the continued high level of engagement by world leaders to accept and implement the Paris Agreement.

    The signing ceremony will mark the first step toward ensuring that the Paris Agreement enters into force as early as possible, or 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification or acceptance with the UN Secretary-General.

    The April 22 ceremony will also bring together leaders from civil society and the private sector to discuss efforts to boost financing for climate action and sustainable development, and to increase actions that would achieve the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting average global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

    “Paris was historic,” the Secretary-General said. “But it’s only the beginning. We must urgently accelerate our efforts to tackle climate change. I encourage all countries to sign the Paris Agreement on 22 April, so we can turn aspirations into action.” UNIC

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