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COP22 President Upbeat By Passage Of Paris Agreement
By Ballah M. Kollie from Morocco
MARRAKECH, MOROCCO, November 8 (LINA) - The newly-elected President of the Conference of Parties (COP22), Salaheddine Mezouar, has described the rapid entry into force of the Paris Agreement as unprecedented, sending a powerful signal of the world’s commitment to combating climate change.
The Paris Agreement titled: “Accord de Paris” is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, starting 2020.
The agreement was negotiated by representatives of 195 countries at the 21st COP of the UNFCCC in Paris and adopted by consensus on December 12, 2015 and opened for signature in New York City on April 22, 2016.
Accordingly, 193 UNFCCC members have signed the treaty, 100 of which have ratified it.
After the European Union ratified the agreement in October 2016, there were enough countries that had ratified the agreement that produce enough of the world's greenhouse gases for the agreement to enter into force on November 4, 2016.
The 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) and the 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of Parties, took place at the Kyoto Protocol in Marrakech, Morocco.
It serves as the official transition from the French COP21 to Moroccan COP22 Presidency.
The November 7 opening ceremony held at the Bab Ighli Village site in Marrakech witnessed the election of Salaheddine Mezouar as the President of COP22.
The COP22 President called on all participants to commit to concrete climate initiatives and actions to support the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change, especially in Africa’s least developed and small island developing states.