130 Countries to Sign Climate Deal
Many countries are expected to sign the historic climate agreement adopted last December in Paris at a ceremony to be hosted by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, in New York, United States, tomorrow.
No fewer than 130 countries have confirmed their willingness to sign the Paris Agreement when the agreement would be open for signatures tomorrow.
This will surpass the previous record of 119 signatures for an opening day for an international agreement, set by the Law of the Sea in Montego Bay in 1994. In addition, more countries have informally indicated that they would sign the agreement with the number increasing rapidly each week.
Over 60 Heads of State and Government will attend the ceremony, including French President François Hollande, demonstrating the continued high level of engagement by world leaders to accept and implement the Paris Agreement.
The signing ceremony will mark the first step towards ensuring that the Paris Agreement enters into force as early as possible. The agreement will be in force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification or acceptance, with the Secretary-General.