Exclusive Report : UN Signing ceremony of Paris Agreement on Climate Change April 22, 2016


The Paris Agreement on Climate Change will be deposited at the UN  in New York and opened for signature for one year on Thursday April 22, 2016  through 21 April, 2017.
The agreement will enter into force after 55 countries that account for at least 55% of global emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification.

It must be recalled that in December 2015, during the Paris Conference , dubbed COP 21, a first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal was adopted by 195 countries . The aim of the agreement, which will enter into force in 2020,  was to set out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has  invited leaders from all countries to attend the  high-level signing ceremony , which will  “accelerate climate action and to drive the political momentum towards ratification and early entry into force of the Paris Agreement.” according to the UN.

The UN also states that “The Paris Agreement, like most international agreements concluded under the auspices of the United Nations, designates the Secretary-General to serve as the depositary.  This means that the Secretary-General is the sole custodian of the original of the AgreementWhat exactly is going to happen at the Climate Signing Ceremony on 22 April? – United Nations Sustainable Development and performs a number of key functions relating to participation in the Agreement, such as receiving any signatures to the Agreement or any instruments or communications relating to it and informing the parties of the entry into force of the Agreement “.

Heads of state, representatives of government, foreign ministers and members of civil society will on Monday  start arriving in New York for the week-long Climate Change Conference at the UN .

It must be recalled that during the Paris Session : 

Governments agreed

  • a long-term goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels;
  • to aim to limit the increase to 1.5°C, since this would significantly reduce risks and the impacts of climate change;
  • on the need for global emissions to peak as soon as possible, recognising that this will take longer for developing countries;
  • to undertake rapid reductions thereafter in accordance with the best available science.


Sierra Leone will be represented at next week’s UN Conference by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura Kamara .




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