President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. departed Palau on November 13 to attend the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco. For two weeks, delegations of international leaders, organizations and advisers will work out how to implement a global climate agreement. [restrict]
The Paris agreement on climate change entered into force on Friday November 4th, marking the first time that governments have agreed legally binding limits to global temperature rises.
The passage of the accord – the fruit of more than two decades of often tortuous international negotiations on combating climate change – has been hailed by nations and observers around the world.
Under the agreement, all governments that have ratified the accord, which includes the Republic of Palau, the US, China, India and the EU, now carry an obligation to hold global warming to no more than 2 Celsius degrees above pre-industrial levels and a target temperature of 1.5 degrees Celsius.
“We continue to urge those that have not ratified the Paris agreement to do so. The future depends on our actions today. Congratulations and well done to the big emitters, US, China, India, EU and others.” Says President Remengesau.