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Espinosa hails new Paris parties, CMA starts

Patricia Espinosa

Head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, has officially thanked the 31 governments who on Wednesday in New York took the number of Parties to the Paris Climate Change Agreement past the key threshold of 55. For the treaty to enter into force, at least 55 Parties covering at least 55 per cent of ...

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31 more nations ratify Paris Agreement

President Muhammadu Buhari

The Paris Agreement on climate change on Wednesday in New York moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. Several large emitting countries, which had not yet completed their domestic approval processes in time for the event, also announced they were committed ...

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600 firms factor Paris into business plans

Climate Change

Data released by the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) on Monday shows that over 600 major international corporations with a combined market cap of $12 trillion are already starting to factor the Paris Agreement on climate change in their business plans before the major environmental legislation has become law. This year’s CDP disclosures come against a backdrop of growing ...

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Paris: Ki-moon convenes high-level event, Buhari to endorse pact

Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, will convene a special High-Level Event on Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on Wednesday, 21 September at the UN Headquarters in New York for the deposit of instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement on climate change. With China and the United States formally joining the Paris ...

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How COP22 is crucial to Africa’s green growth


Across the globe, nations have kick-started a new and exciting development agenda aimed at ending poverty and reducing risks linked with climate change, pollution and over-exploitation of the natural environment. This journey to a brighter, more prosperous and resilient future has been forged through two powerful and mutually re-enforcing pathways – the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals of 2015. Patricia ...

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Ban Ki-moon accelerates fresh Paris Agreement drive


Countries are accelerating efforts to join the Paris Agreement on climate change at a special high-level event to be hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday, 21 September. “We must put the aspirations of Paris into action,” the Secretary-General said. “We have no time to waste, and much to gain, from the historic Paris Agreement on climate change ...

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Images: US climate envoy, Pershing, in Nigeria

Nigerian officials

United States Special Envoy for Climate Change, Dr Jonathan Pershing, on Wednesday in Abuja met with Nigerian authorities lead by Environment Minister, Amina Mohammed, to discuss the importance of climate and clean energy cooperation in US-Nigeria relations. Dr Pershing also discussed opportunities for leadership by Nigeria in the implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The visit, it was gathered, ...

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Paris can spur national action, ambition – Regional Dialogues


Tackling climate change will take broad-based action – from towns and cities, the private sector, public and private organisations, even individuals. This fact is clear in the Paris Climate Change Agreement with its strong focus on action by “non-State actors”. Reports just released from five regional meetings reveal the views of non-State actors in developing countries on the Paris Agreement’s ...

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G20 commit to join Paris Agreement

Hangzhou, China

The 11th summit of the Group of 20 major economies (G20) that took place in Hangzhou, China, on 4 and 5 September, reached a consensus on pursuing an “innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy”. To that end, the communique that concluded the meeting on Monday reaffirms the G20 Leaders’ determination to take into account the two major international and interlinked ...

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Ki-moon, Espinosa hail China, US for ratifying Paris Agreement

President Xi Jinping

Visiting the southeastern city of Hangzhou in China on Saturday, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the leaders of that country and the United States for formally joining the Paris Agreement on climate change. “Now, by formally joining the Paris Agreement, you have added powerful momentum to the drive for the Agreement to enter into force this year,” the UN chief said in a ...

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