COP22: Ban Calls for Turning Paris Agreement Into Tangible Actions, Effective Policies
Marrakesh, 15/11/2016 (MAP) – UNSG Ban Ki Moon urged, on Tuesday in Marrakesh, the international community to turn the Paris agreement on climate change into tangible actions and effective policies, saying that addressing climate change is critical to protecting our planet, safeguarding the most vulnerable and advancing shared prosperity.
“Now 109 countries have joined, I urge all the rest to ratify as soon as possible. We have much to gain by acting now,” said Ban in a speech at he high-level segment of the 22nd Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), urging all countries to increase the level of ambition in their national climate plans over the next two years.
“I also call on other sectors of society to accelerate their climate efforts,” he underlined.
“No country, however resourceful or powerful, is immune from the impacts of climate change. That is why we have seen overwhelming support for the Paris Agreement. It entered into force with breath-taking speed. Countries realize it is in their own national interest to take action now,” he said.
The UNSG noted that cities, citizens and CEOs were crucial to mobilizing political support for the Paris Agreement. “They are also among the most visionary and ambitious actors building low-carbon, resilient economies that will prosper in a climate-changed world”, he said.
Ban also called on civil society organizations to continue to keep governments accountable to their promises.