Paris Climate Treaty: 'Significant Step' As US And China Agree To Sign

2016-04-06T11:47:07+00:00 April 6, 2016|
President Barack Obama. (Credit: the White House)

(Click to enlarge) President Barack Obama. (Credit: the White House)

The US and China have issued a joint statement confirming that both countries will sign the Paris Climate Agreement next month. Both say they will take all the “domestic steps” necessary to join the agreement as soon as possible.

(From BBC/ bThey are encouraging other countries to sign the document at UN headquarters in April. At least 55 countries representing 55% of emissions have to sign to bring it into force. This is the third joint statement in the past two years from the world’s two biggest emitters on the question of climate change.

Back in November 2014 the two leaders outlined their plans to limit carbon emissions, a move that inspired other nations to follow suit.

At the Paris talks late last year, the presence and support of President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama were critical factors in securing a comprehensive, longer term deal that agreed to keep global temperatures well below 2 degrees C.

But while more than 190 countries agreed to the document in the French capital, the formal process of signing and entering into force begins next month at UN headquarters in New York. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders to the ceremony and says he expects about 120 countries to turn up and sign on 22 April.

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