PARIS CLIMATE UPDATE: OVER 170 NATIONS GRANT ENDORSEMENT

PARIS CLIMATE UPDATE: OVER 170 NATIONS GRANT ENDORSEMENT

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World leaders pose for a family photo during the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, on November 30, 2015. More than 150 world leaders are meeting under heightened security, for the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), also known as "Paris 2015" from November 30 to December 11. AFP PHOTO / POOL / MARTIN BUREAU / AFP / POOL / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

PARIS CLIMATE UPDATE: OVER 170 NATIONS GRANT ENDORSEMENT

– World Marks 46th Earth Day

– 171 Nations Join Ban Ki-moon to Ink Historic Paris Climate Deal

– Scholar Senses Tough Times Ahead

PARIS CLIMATE UPDATE: OVER 170 NATIONS GRANT ENDORSEMENT
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General

PARIS CLIMATE UPDATE: OVER 170 NATIONS GRANT ENDORSEMENT

In the presence of high hopes, the Paris climate agreement has finally been signed by representatives of 171 countries.

This new international treaty was concluded a deal today at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Already, about 15 nations, mainly small island states, had already consented to the agreement.

Nevertheless, dozens of other countries were essentially needed to proceed on this second step before the enforcement of the pact became a reality.

As indicated by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “Paris will shape the lives of all future generations a profound way – it is their future that is at stake.”

While he spoke at the opening ceremony, he said that the planet was experiencing record temperatures. “We are in a race against time, so I urge all countries to join the agreement at the national level.” He stated. “Today we are signing a new covenant for the future.”

As the world marked the 46th Earth Day, UN climate chief Christiana Figueres explained what would be needful to happen.

According to him, “Most countries, though not all, need to take the signed document and go back home and go to ratification procedures that in most countries require parliamentary discussion and decision.”

Hollywood actor and climate change campaigner Leonardo DiCaprio was present at the event.

PARIS CLIMATE UPDATE: OVER 170 NATIONS GRANT ENDORSEMENT

From his end, he opined, “After 21 years of debates and conferences it’s times to declare no more talks, no more 10-year studies, no more allowing the fossil fuel companies to manipulate and dictate the science and the policies that affect our future. This is the body that can do what is needed.”

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PARIS CLIMATE UPDATE: OVER 170 NATIONS GRANT ENDORSEMENT
Francois Hollande, France President

For the President of France, Francois Hollande, the agreement in Paris was an “emotional moment, rare in the lives of politicians and leaders.”

“We need to go further than the pledges made there.” He added.

Meanwhile, David Shukman, a Science Editor in New York assessed the occasion and its goal. He expressed this as published by BBC.

“Only a few years ago the very idea of a global treaty to limit climate change seemed almost impossible. The ghosts of the failed Copenhagen summit in 2009 haunted the negotiations.”

“Now, in a total transformation in morale, almost all of the world’s governments are here in New York to support the new Paris Agreement. The sheer scale of the turnout is seen as a signal of political determination. The atmosphere is positive, up to a point. Tough challenges lie ahead.”

PARIS CLIMATE UPDATE: OVER 170 NATIONS GRANT ENDORSEMENT

PARIS CLIMATE UPDATE: OVER 170 NATIONS GRANT ENDORSEMENT