UN / PARIS AGREEMENT

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A UN spokesperson said ahead of Friday's Paris Agreement coming into force that this "is a day we have all been waiting for" adding that several countries this week have already ratified the agreement." UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 3 NOVEMBER 2016, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

3 NOVEMBER 2016, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Stéphane Dujarric walks up to the podium
3. Wide shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“Tomorrow is a day we have all been waiting for, which is the day that the Paris Agreement on Climate Change comes into force.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“This week saw countries such as South Africa, Indonesia, Denmark join the Paris Agreement and very shortly we expect the Saudi Permanent Representative deposit the Kingdom’s instrument of ratification, followed by the Republic of Korea later this afternoon.”
7. Wide shot, Dujarric at the podium
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“The United States has a leadership role to play in combating climate change. The Secretary-General was extremely pleased with the way he’s been able to work over the last decades with the Obama administration, and before that, with the administration of George W. Bush, who provided critical support at critical points over the last ten years. I think the Secretary General was present in a very symbolic meeting in China where he was presented with the instruments of ratification of both the US and China together. We hope that whoever occupies the White House in 2017 will continue that leadership role for the United States.”
9. Med shot, journalists
10. Wide shot, Dujarric walks away from the podium

STORYLINE:

A United Nations (UN) spokesperson said ahead of Friday's Paris Agreement coming into force that this "is a day we have all been waiting for" adding that several countries this week have already ratified the agreement.

At a press briefing today (3 Nov) Stéphane Dujarric told reporters that this would bring the total number of States having ratified the agreement to 96.

Asked about the possibility that the United States(US) under a Donald Trump administration might want to pull out of the Paris Agreement, Dujarric said that the US “has a leadership role to play in combating climate change” and noted that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been able to work with the both the Obama and Bush administrations.

He recalled that the Secretary General “was present in a very symbolic meeting in China where he was presented with the instruments of ratification of both the US and China together.”

Dujarric said “we hope that whoever occupies the White House in 2017 will continue that leadership role for the United States.”

As a candidate, Donald Trump has vowed to pull out of the Paris Agreement if elected.

The agreement specifies that a party may not withdraw from it within the first three years following its entry into force.
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