Signing and entry into force of first climate deal "cause for celebration"

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Left to right: Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Hoesung Lee; UNFCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, COP 22 President Salaheddine Mezouar and COP 21 President Ségolène Royal at the opening of COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco. Photo: UNFCCC

The signing of the first global climate deal is a "clear cause for celebration" but it's also a timely reminder of the high expectations placed on every country.

Patricia Espinosa, the Executive Secretary of the UN climate body, UNFCCC made the remarks on Monday in the Moroccan city of Marrakech.

The landmark Paris Agreement entered into force in time for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as "COP 22".

Priyanka Shankar has the story.

Achieving the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement on climate is not a given, Patricia Espinosa of the UNFCCC told delegates gathered for climate talks in Morocco. 

Countries have pledged to develop national plans which will limit global temperature rises due to carbon emissions to less than 2 degrees Celsius. 

Ms Espinosa urged them to work with "speed and scale on all fronts" while underlining key areas in which work needs to be taken forward. 

"Finance is flowing, but we know it is not enough. It has to reach the level and have the predictability needed to catalyse low-emission and climate-resilient development. Nationally determined contributions now need to be integrated into national policies and investment plans. Support for adaptation needs to be given higher priority, and progress on the loss and damage mechanism has to be ensured to safeguard development gains in the most vulnerable communities." 

The capacity building needs of developing countries have to be addressed in a manner that is both tailored and specific to their situation, Ms Espinosa noted. 

Priyanka Shankar, United Nations. 

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