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Pasztor: Paris Agreement a ‘decisive turning point’

Janos Pasztor

Less than two months after 196 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adopted the Paris Agreement, the global community is already seeing signs of it being a decisive turning point, according to a senior UN official dealing with climate issues. A month and a half since 196 parties to the UNFCCC adopted the Paris Agreement, the global ...

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Kinley: After the Paris elation, what next?

Richard Kinley

With the euphoria of Paris slowly fading, and the daunting reality of what remains to be done settling in, Richard Kinley, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary, in a recent presentation takes stock of what happened and where the world now needs to go Paris 2015 was the most successful climate change conference ever because: The largest number of participants ever (28,000 ...

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Paris Agreement represents $12.1 trillion investment opportunity, says report

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Keeping the world below the 2 degrees Celsius pathway presents a US$12.1 trillion investment opportunity over the next 25 years – in the light of the newly agreed Paris Agreement, a new analysis states. The report Mapping the Gap: The Road From Paris, presented last week by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) at the 2016 Investor Summit on Climate Risk hosted by Ceres, ...

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Nations to submit NDCs after Paris Agreement ratification

Parties to the Paris Agreement (or nations that end up signing the agreement) are expected to communicate their first nationally determined contribution (NDC) no later than when the respective instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession has been submitted. A feature of the Paris Agreement entails a change in status of the intended national climate action plans which almost all ...

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How forest restoration project will benefit communities, by Ogun

The Ogun State Government has unveiled plans to embark on a Agro-Forestry and Forest Landscape Restoration Project with the aim of creating employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths. Commissioner for Forestry, Mr. Kolawole Lawal, who made the disclosure recently in Abeokuta at a parley with the project consultant, Mr Pierre Decroix, pointed out plans were in top gear for ...

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Ban Ki-moon formally invites world leaders to sign Paris Agreement


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has officially invited all world leaders to a signing ceremony on 22 April for the historic climate agreement that was reached in Paris in December last year. The signing event will take place at UN Headquarters in New York on the first day the agreement will be open for signature, which coincides with the observance ...

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Post-COP21: How Paris Agreement can take effect

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The Paris Agreement was adopted in December, but further steps are needed in 2016 to bring it into effect. The first date to look for is April 22, 2016, when heads of state have been invited to a signing ceremony at the UN. The World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Eliza Northrop and Katherine Ross detail the timeline and process The world rightly celebrated when 195 countries signed onto ...

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Abu Dhabi to host post-COP21, pre-2020 appraisal


Ministers, high-level representatives from the business sector and top UN and multilateral agency officials are gathering in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), for the first time after the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in France in December to discuss the implications of the historic Paris Agreement. On 16-17 January, government officials from over 150 countries and representatives from ...

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Paris Agreement: New era for climate diplomacy

Roger-Mark De Souza

Approved by over 190 countries, the Paris Agreement is a universal, legal agreement that will be opened for signatures in April 2016 and come into force in January 2020 The groundbreaking agreement reached at the 2015 Paris climate change conference is a diplomatic triumph. Laurent Fabius, foreign minister of France and president of the meeting formally known as the 21st session of the ...

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Nigeria committed to Paris Agreement, says Amina Mohammed


Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, has said the new universal agreement reached at the recently concluded 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris, France offers a brighter future for Nigeria, Africa and the world at large. Mohammed, who stated this recently while interacting with a team ...

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