30 September 2016 - Christian Aid has welcomed today’s announcement that all 28 EU environment ministers have agreed unanimously to ratify the Paris climate agreement, paving the way for it to become international law in time for November’s UN climate talks in Marrakech.
Christian Aid’s Senior Political Adviser Tom Viita said: “Last week the Paris deal fell just short of the threshold for becoming international law, but EU leaders have made a sudden leap to get it over the line.
"The urgent need to tackle climate change meant this deal could not afford to languish in slow legal processes. Instead, politicians across the world have recognised that urgency and acted accordingly.
“The Paris Agreement will now definitely come into force by the end of the year. Countries will arrive at the next UN talks in Marrakech with the wind in their sails: the political momentum has continued.
“The EU was spurred into action when France, Hungary, the UK and other EU members announced plans for domestic ratification, and complained that the EU bureaucracy was dragging its feet. Everybody is surprised the EU has been able to move so fast.”
The European Parliament is set to approve the decision next week. The EU’s move means that the threshold of 55 countries and 55% of global emissions will have been reached in time for the next climate talks, and the Paris agreement will have full legal force.
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