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News UN: Over 130 countries will sign climate agreement

A record number of more than 130 countries will sign the landmark agreement to tackle climate change at a ceremony at UN headquarters on April 22, the United Nations said Thursday.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hosting the signing ceremony on the first day that the agreement reached in Paris in December opens for signature.

The UN chief, French President Francois Hollande and French Environment Minister Segolene Royal, who is in charge of global climate negotiations, have invited leaders from all 193 UN member states to the event.

The UN said signatures from over 130 countries, including more than 60 heads of state and government, would surpass the previous record of 119 signatures on the opening day for signing an international agreement. That record is held by the opening day signing of the Law of the Sea treaty in 1994.

The UN stressed that the signing ceremony is the first step in ensuring that the agreement enters into force as soon as possible.

It will take effect 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification or acceptance with the secretary-general.

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Keyword(s) climate agreement
Geographical coverage United States,
News date 08/04/2016
Working language(s) ENGLISH