Today, Earth day will see Prime Minister Gaston Browne and 160 Other World Leaders convening in New York to sign the historic Climate Change Agreement at a special meet of the United Nations.
Antigua and Barbuda was amongst countries in Paris last year which brokered the agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to avoid catastrophic environmental damage.
PM Browne will sign the agreement Today Friday, following which he will present the nation’s statement where he is expected to provide an update on how Antigua and Barbuda will implement the national climate plans and integrate them into the overall sustainable development plans; as well as outline his government’s timetable for ratifying the agreement.
Later today, Prime Minister Browne will also Co-Chair a High-Level Event on Implementation, which will focus on highlighting how socio-economic factors can accelerate action, learn from one another, and replicate and scale successful initiatives and activities that will deliver the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Nation’s Leader disclosed that his decision to travel to New York to sign the Agreement is a demonstration of his government’s commitment to play its part in making energy-efficient choices, reducing our carbon footprints and as well as shows his government’s solidarity with other nations in this world defining action.
He said that the more countries sign the agreement ensures it entering into force as soon as possible.
The agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for at least 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification or acceptance with the Secretary-General.