Countries urge to follow suit on Paris Agreement

 

Antigua and Barbuda among other countries are being urged to follow suit on the Paris Agreement signed last month.

That is according to a statement issued on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States, a coalition of 44 Small Island and coastal states that are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change

According the document, the Caribbean region is experiencing severe drought conditions, namely, Antigua and Barbuda which has been experiencing its worst drought in history, leading to a water crisis.

According to the body, these impacts and record high temperatures globally already occurring reinforces the necessity and wisdom of the Paris Agreement long term temperature limit of 1.5oC.

They said that countries including the twin island state should reinforce their understanding that this is a limit we must not breach and that all efforts globally now need to go into peaking to reduce global emissions as fast as possible.

Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne was among 160 country leaders in New York in April, to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at a special meeting of the United Nations.

The agreement saw nations supporting the move to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to avoid disastrous future weather events.

During the meeting Prime Minister Browne also presented the nation’s statement where he provided an update on how Antigua and Barbuda will implement the national climate plans and indicated his government’s timetable for ratifying the agreement.

The Paris Agreement was adopted by all 196 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris on 12 December 2015.

 

 

 

 

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