Countries urged to ratify Paris climate deal

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Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening segment of the Signing Ceremony of the Paris Climate Treaty. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Countries are being urged by the UN chief to move quickly to ratify the Paris climate deal at the national level so that the agreement can enter into force.

Some 60 Heads of State and Government are in New York to formally sign the agreement at a ceremony at the UN.

Delegates from more than 165 countries are expected to attend, setting a record for the most countries to sign an international agreement on one day.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change was adopted in December 2015 after years of negotiations on a universal approach to climate change.

The main target of the deal is to keep the global temperature rise this century to below 2 degrees Celsius and to strive for 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.

Friday's formal signing ceremony brings the world a step closer to an early entry into force of the historic accord.

For this to happen, after signing the Agreement, countries have to ratify the deal back home –meaning they would be legally bound by the terms of the treaty.

Here's UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

"I urge all countries to move quickly to join the Agreement at the national level so that the Paris Agreement can enter into force as early as possible. The window for keeping global temperature rise well below two degrees Celsius, let alone 1.5 degrees, is rapidly closing."

The Paris climate deal will enter into force 30 days after 55 countries that account for at least 55 per cent of global greenhouse gases have ratified the treaty.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 1’13″

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