Ethiopia signs Paris Climate Agreement
Ethiopia has joined 171 countries in signing the Paris Climate Agreement at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA on Friday.
The Paris Agreement, adopted last December at COP21 in Paris by the 196 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, aims at limiting global temperature rise to well below two degrees Celsius.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn signed the agreement at the event which attracted "by far the largest number of countries ever to sign an international agreement on a single day."
“Today is an historic day,” the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters at a press conference following the opening ceremony of the signing event, the UN News Center reported.
According to the UN chief, the participation by so many countries and the attendance by so many world leaders leaves “no doubt” that the international community is determined to take climate action.
“If all the countries that have signed today take the next step at the national level and join the Agreement, the world will have met the requirement needed for the Paris Agreement to enter into force,” Mr. Ban highlighted, congratulating the 15 Parties that have already deposited their instruments for ratification.
French President François Hollande also applauded all those who made it possible to reach the second stage of the process which is the signing of the document.
“France should be an example to show that it wants to be the first – or one of the first – not just to ratify but also to implement the contents of the Agreement,” Mr. Hollande stated.
The Paris meeting held last December saw the election of Ethiopia as chair of Climate Vulnerable Forum for the period 2016- 2017.
The Agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification.