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UN hosts ceremony for first signatures on new climate accord

April 22, 2016 - UNITED NATIONS

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosts the High-Level Signing Ceremony for the Paris Agreement on International Mother Earth Day at UN headquarters in New York. The ceremony is the first step towards implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The accord was adopted in Paris on 12 Dec 2015. Secretary-General Ban describes it as "a health insurance policy for the planet."

The Agreement will be open for signatures at headquarters until Apr 17, 2017. By then, countries will need to have adopted the agreement within their own legal systems through ratification, acceptance, approval or accession. The agreement will enter into force when joined by at least 55 countries, which together represent at least 55 percent of global emissions.

At the so-called COP21 conference in Paris, Ban called on governments to put their pledges into action.

The accord covers all crucial areas identified as essential for a landmark conclusion: mitigation - reducing emissions fast enough to achieve the temperature goal; a transparency system and global stock-take - accounting for climate action; adaptation - strengthening ability of countries to deal with climate impacts; loss and damage - strengthening ability to recover from climate impacts; and support - including finance, for nations to build clean, resilient futures.

High-Level Signing Ceremony for Paris Agreement IISD)

Ban hails Paris climate accord as 'health insurance policy for the planet' (UN 14 Dec 2016)

Date written/update: 2016-01-13