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Reactions trail signing of ‘historic’ Paris Agreement

Barbara Hendricks

Representatives from more than 150 countries, including nearly 60 Heads of State, on Friday 22 April gathered at the UN Headquarters in New York to sign the historic Paris Agreement as governments take their first collective step from ambition to action after forging the new, global climate treaty in December. The event, hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Earth ...

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1.5-degree still defines ambition for Paris Agreement implementation

Emmanuel M. De Guzman

Climate Vulnerable Forum leaders on Thursday urged a ministerial gathering of the “High Ambition Coalition” in New York to take the concrete steps needed to accelerate global climate action, on the eve of the signature ceremony for the Paris Agreement on climate change at UN Headquarters where over 165 countries are expected to participate. Speaking at the gathering, Secretary Emmanuel ...

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Alliance tags Paris Agreement ‘a dangerous distraction’

Cindy Wiesner

As world leaders prepare to sign the Paris Agreement on Earth Day (Friday, 22 April), an international alliance of grassroots and indigenous leaders is calling the historic agreement “a dangerous distraction.” According to members of the alliance, the Paris Climate agreement has declined to mention fossil fuels, regarded as the clearest cause of climate change. Cindy Wiesner of Grassroots Global Justice ...

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Investors managing $24 trillion urge leaders to fast-track Paris Agreement

Stephanie Pfeifer

Hours before about 155 world leaders are expected to travel to New York to sign the Paris Agreement, organisations that collectively represent more than 400 institutional investors with $24 trillion of assets under management have called on world leaders to not only sign but accede to the international treaty and implement it into national law as a matter of urgency. ...

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Paris Agreement can nail fossil fuel trade –

May Boeve

The formal signing of the Paris Agreement could be the next nail in the coffin of the fossil fuel industry if governments actually follow through on their commitments, Executive Director, May Boeve, has said. She disclosed in a statement ahead of the formal signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement taking place at the UN on Friday that the growing ...

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Fresh campaign for stronger global carbon pricing


There is growing global momentum to put a price on carbon pollution. About 40 national and 23 subnational governments have put in place carbon pricing mechanisms, covering 12 percent of global emissions. Nearly half of the national pledges submitted in the run-up to the Paris COP21 climate conference reference carbon pricing, and new approaches are being rolled out in China, ...

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Why Nigeria will not endorse Paris Agreement on 22 April

President Muhammadu Buhari

There are indications that Nigeria will not participate in the Signature Ceremony of the Paris Agreement scheduled to hold this week in New York. However, the nation’s representatives will grace the occasion. The Paris Agreement will be open for signature by the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on 22 April and will remain open ...

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Don’t sign the Paris Agreement

Paris Agreement

Of what use is it for poor nations to sign up to an agreement will add up to nothing? What would Nigeria or Africa gain by endorsing the agreement? demands Nnimmo Bassey, who is Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), as he makes a case against the Paris Agreement It is not late to stand up against the Paris Agreement that ...

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22 April will be record-breaking, says UN


The United Nations has disclosed that a record number of countries are expected to sign the historic climate agreement adopted last December in Paris at a signing ceremony scheduled for New York on 22 April this year. The event will be hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More than 130 countries have confirmed that they will sign the Paris Agreement ...

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India to ratify Paris Agreement on April 22


India, along with 100 other nations, will ratify the Paris “COP 21 Global Climate Agreement” in New York on April 22, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said in Mumbai on Saturday. “The COP 21 agreement would be ratified at a high level signing ceremony to be convened at the UN Headquarters in New York on April 22,” Javadekar said at a symposium at ...

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