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Views On Paris Climate Deal Signing – ‘A Step On a Long Journey’

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Monday, April 25th, 2016
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Barcelona — Around 170 countries are set to sign the Paris agreement on climate change in New York on Friday, signalling their commitment to put the landmark deal to curb global temperature rise into practice.

Environment and development groups praised the political will demonstrated by the high-level event, which they said was an important step towards implementation of the agreement.

But they warned that governments must now act urgently to follow through on their promises, deliver meaningful action to curb climate change and protect poor people from its impacts.

In the deal reached in December, governments agreed to limit global temperature rise to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times and pursue efforts to keep it to 1.5 degrees.

It will enter into force when at least 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of global emissions ratify or formally join it – which could be earlier than 2020, the date originally planned.

If the deal takes effect sooner, climate change experts hope it could provide impetus for countries to raise their targets for reducing planet-warming emissions, and boost support to help vulnerable countries defend themselves against worsening extreme weather and rising seas.

Here is a selection of views on the signing ceremony at U.N. headquarters:

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