Latvia com­pletes rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the paris Cli­mate Change Agree­ment

The Baltic Times - - BALTICS - BNS/TBT Staff

Latvia has com­pleted rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the Paris Cli­mate Change Agree­ment, Lat­vian For­eign Min­is­ter Edgars Rinke­vics (Unity) has an­nounced on his Twitter ac­count. The For­eign Min­istry’s spokesman Rai­monds Jan­sons says that Latvia has con­ducted all na­tional pro­ce­dures for the agree­ment to come into force. As re­ported, on Fe­bru­ary 2, in the fi­nal read­ing to­day, Saeima sup­ported rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the Paris Cli­mate Change Agree­ment.

When the agree­ment is rat­i­fied, Latvia will have to meet its li­a­bil­i­ties un­der the joint res­o­lu­tion of the EU Mem­ber States - to cut green­house gas emis­sions by 2030, by at least 40 per cent com­pared to 1990.

“Latvia in th­ese talks has achieved much bet­ter terms than ini­tially pro­posed. Latvia’s goal now will be to cut green­house gas emis­sions by 6 per cent com­pared to 2005, which is the third low­est goal among all 28 EU Mem­ber States, but ne­go­ti­a­tions are still go­ing on,” said En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Kas­pars Ger­hards (Na­tional Al­liance) ear­lier.

As re­ported at the end of Septem­ber 2016, EU en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ters achieved an agree­ment on rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the Paris Agree­ment. The min­is­ters were con­cerned ear­lier about how the agree­ment will af­fect re­quire­ments for cli­mate change preven­tion on na­tional lev­els. In early Oc­to­ber 2016, rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the agree­ment was sup­ported by the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment.

The Paris Agree­ment is be­lieved to be the most im­por­tant in­ter­na­tional agree­ment to curb cli­mate change. It was ap­proved by a unan­i­mous vote of 195 coun­tries dur­ing the con­fer­ence of the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change in late 2015.

By Oc­to­ber 22, 2016, the agree­ment has been rat­i­fied by 84 coun­tries, which are re­spon­si­ble for about 61 per cent of the world’s green­house gas emis­sions, in­clud­ing the largest emit­ters - the US, China and In­dia. Also, sev­eral EU Mem­ber States have com­pleted rat­i­fi­ca­tion, in­clud­ing-- Ger­many, France, Poland and Hun­gary.

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