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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Fiji becomes first country in the world to ratify Paris Agreement

Local media report Pacific archipelago's parliament unanimously agrees to ratify UN climate deal ahead of high-level signing ceremony in New York in April. Fiji has become the first country in the world to formally approve the UN climate deal agreed by 195 nations in Paris in December last year. The island nation's parliament unanimously agreed to ratify the Paris Agreement on Friday, according to local news reports. The motion was proposed by the country's Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum. He told parliament that it would need to ratify the treaty ahead of a signing ceremony in April in New York, where Fiji's Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, will formally sign the document on behalf of the country. He said tackling climate change was a major priority for the archipelago, which could face wide-scale flooding, fiercer tropical storms, and depleting fish stocks as a result of the world's changing climate. The process marks the beginning of an expected wave of ratification votes as other countries prepare for their attendance at the New York ceremony. In order to formally take effect, the Paris Agreement needs at least 55 countries, representing at least 55 per cent of the world's climate emissions, to ratify the treaty. Observers are confident the milestone can be passed in time for the New York event, given all the world's major economies expressed full support for the Paris Agreement at last year's summit in the French capital.

Source: Business Green