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Paris agreement a 'decisive turning point on climate change' says climate adviser

Wed 03 February 2016 | Back to news list

The Senior Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change sasy that there are already clear signs that the COP21 Paris climate deal is a decisive turning point in the global effort to combat climate change. Janos Pasztor who has been a leader of the UN's efforts to tackle climate change, says that the UN is working to ratify the agreement as quickly as possible so that it can enter into force.

195 UN member states adopted the historic Paris Agreement at the UN Climate Summit in December and the deal is designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming.

The signing ceremony will also be an opportunity to discuss efforts to implement the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, or national climate plans, that countries submiited in the build up to COP21 and to “maintain the momentum of the action agenda.”

Speaking to the media following his appointment by Ban Ki Moon, the UN Secretary-General, to the role of Senior Adviser on Climate Change, Pasztor reinforced the UN chief’s recent call for a doubling of investments in clean energy by 2020 and said: “The Paris Agreement sent a clear message to markets and investors that it's time to get serious about climate change. We're now seeing evidence that the signal has been received loud and clear.”

In his new role Mr. Pasztor will support efforts of the Secretary-General to mobilize world leaders and all sectors of society to implement the landmark Paris Agreement,” the statement said.

Mr Pasztor said: “Much has been happening since Paris – the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed that 2015 was the hottest year on record, not just by a little but by a lot.”

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