175 countries sign Paris Agreement on climate change

175 countries sign Paris Agreement on climate change

Heads of state and government, ministers, special envoys and ambassadors queued to ascend the podium at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Hall on Friday to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change.

On Friday, the first day the Paris Agreement was open for signature, representatives from 175 countries signed the historic document, marking the largest one-day signing of any international agreement.

“We are breaking records in this chamber, and that is good news,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Around 11:16 a.m. local time (1516 GMT), Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, the special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping, ascended the podium in the UN General Assembly Hall to sign the thick and weighty document.

“The Chinese people honor our commitments. We will work hard to earnestly implement the Paris Agreement,” said Zhang while addressing the signing ceremony earlier. Read more

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