History made as 175 sign UN climate deal

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) and President François Hollande of France brief the press. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

History has been made as 175 countries sign a UN climate deal in New York on Friday, the Secretary-General has said.

Fifteen countries have also ratified the Paris Agreement formally adopted last December.

For the accord to come into effect, 55 countries that account for at least 55 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions need to approve and ratify it at the national level.

Jocelyne Sambira has the details.

Listing the countries by name during the signature ceremony, Ban Ki-moon warmly congratulated all 15 nations that had deposited their instruments of ratification with the United Nations.

The majority belong to the Small Island Developing States which include the Islands of the Caribbean Sea, the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans.

For an early entry into force of the Paris Agreement, 55 countries accounting for 55 per cent of global emissions have to accept and ratify the agreement.

It would move forward quickly, the UN chief hinted, if the United States and China ratified or joined.

The two countries together emit 40 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 45''

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