Thursday, June 16, 2016

France ratifies Paris agreement on climate change

President Francois Hollande on Wednesday ratified the Paris climate agreement to curb green gas emissions, making France the first industrialized nation to ratify the accord.

"Signing (Paris climate accord) is good, but ratifying is better. The challenge now is that 55 states representing 55 percent greenhouse gas emissions in turn ratify the treaty," Hollande said.

Hollande also called on European partners to ratify the agreement by the end of the year.

Last week, French parliament gave the green light to government to ratify the accord.

During a summit in May, the heads of state and government of the G7 (the United States, Japan, Germany, France, UK, Italy and Canada) pledged to energize efforts enough so that the agreement enters into force before the end of 2016.

On Dec.12, 2015 climate negotiators of 196 parties adopted the accord at climate change talks which aimed at limiting global warming by 2 degrees Celsius.

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