United Nations Sec-General Ban Ki-Moon hosted 31 countries in New York that signed the climate pact reached in Paris.
Ban Ki-Moon used the occasion to stress on the importance of the Paris Agreement, saying that it galvanized the ambitions of the United Nations to combat climate change at its highest level. For the agreement to become a formidable force, it needs 55 countries that represent 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions to ratify it.
PM Voreqe Bainimarama was thankful to Ban Ki-Moon for having spearheaded efforts to ensure there are advancements in fighting global climate change. He said that it is his belief the Paris Agreement will have taken root before 2016 comes to an end.
In a world where worldwide diplomacy is the order of the day, this agreement is being treated as a matter of urgency. The two powerful leaders, Mr. Ban and U.S. President Barack Obama are eager to seal the deal before they leave office.
Ban said that they will have to cross the final barrier to make the Paris Climate Change Agreement active
and appealed to world leaders to fasten their domestic obligations so as to join the deal this year.
The Paris Agreement
This is an accord that was sealed in 2015. It states that participating countries should maintain the global warming to levels not over 2 degrees above the pre-industrial levels so as to overcome worst cases of adverse climate change.
The new pledge by 31 countries shows that 60 countries have agreed to sign. This represents 47.7 percent emissions. It is only 9 months before the Paris climate conference starts.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had warned earlier this month that cooperating nations will have the flawless opportunity to vow their support to the agreements amid Climate Week.
2015 Paris talks
During the 2015 Paris talks, more than 190 countries attended who then agreed that climate change is dangerous and should be handled.
Earlier this year, the agreement got a boosting after US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping showed interest to be enjoined in the agreement.
The Emirates Wildlife Society energy director, Tanzeed Alam, said that there is no doubt climate change will eventually impact water, food and energy supplies.
She continued to say that adopting the Paris Agreement is the most meaningful and important achievement in the history of humankind, which can serve as a foundation for a new climate regime.
The efforts being taken have had a share impact on the European Union. The EU has had to fast track its ratification process that is known to be complicated. Currently, each of its 27 members has to individually ratify.
However, it has signaled that it will approve the agreement just as the surprise approval by the United Kingdom. The later did so in the wake of Brexit, a step that shocked many.