China, US Rat­i­fy­ing Paris Agree­ment

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By rat­i­fy­ing Paris Agree­ment, China and the United States open up av­enue for the world’s sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, and bring the his­toric global cli­mate deal a big step closer to its en­try into force, said United Na­tions cli­mate chief Pa­tri­cia Espinosa on Satur­day. “I would like to­day to thank China and the United States for rat­i­fy­ing this land­mark agree­ment - an agree­ment on which rests the op­por­tu­nity for a sus­tain­able fu­ture for ev­ery na­tion and ev­ery per­son,” said Pa­tri­cia Espinosa, Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of the UN Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change (UNFCCC).

Nearly 200 coun­tries clinched the Paris Agree­ment last year in Paris, agreed to jointly limit global tem­per­a­ture ris­ing well be­low 2 de­grees Cel­sius above pre-in­dus­trial lev­els, while pur­su­ing ef­forts to keep global warm­ing un­der 1.5 de­gree Cel­sius.

“The ear­lier that Paris Agree­ment is rat­i­fied and im­ple­mented in full, the more se­cure that fu­ture will be­come,” Ms Espinosa said in an on­line state­ment. The Paris Agree­ment have been signed by 180 par­ties to UNFCCC. How­ever, for the pact to come into ef­fect, it must be rat­i­fied by at least 55 par­ties rep­re­sent­ing 55 per cent of global car­bon emis­sions. On Satur­day, China and the US sub­mit­ted their rat­i­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments to the United Na­tions, bring­ing the num­ber of coun­tries who have rat­i­fied the deal to 26. Ac­cord­ing to the UN’s cal­cu­la­tion, these coun­tries emit 39.06 per cent of global green­house gases. “Bring­ing the Paris Agree­ment into force un­der­lines the mo­men­tum and in­ter­na­tional sol­i­dar­ity wit­nessed in 2015 con­tin­ues into 2016 among big and small na­tions and among rich and poorer coun­tries,” Ms Espinosa said, ask­ing more coun­tries to fol­low the rat­i­fi­ca­tion wave. Xin­hua

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