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Fiji agrees to Paris Agreement

Nasik Swami
Sunday, February 14, 2016

PARLIAMENT unanimously agreed on Friday for Fiji to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The agreement followed a motion by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum who informed Parliament that United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon had invited world leaders to attend the signing ceremony of the ratification of the agreement at the UN HQ in New York in April.

"I move that Parliament approve the ratification of the Paris Agreement without being referred to the committee on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

"United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon has invited all world leaders for a signing ceremony on April 22, 2016 for the historic climate change agreement that was reached in Paris in December last year."

He said on the first day, the agreement would be open for signatures which coincided with the observance of the International Mother Earth Day observed in many countries as Earth Day.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum told Parliament the secretary general intended to use the occasion of the signing ceremony to further engage leaders for business and civil society to put the new agreement into action.

"The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 1992 aims to achieve in accordance to the relevant provision of the convention, the stabilisation of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that prevents dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system."

A total of 196 states are party to the agreement.

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