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China and US to Ratify Paris Accords Before G20

China and US to Ratify Paris Accords Before G20

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon(Sigma Live)
ByMei Manuel August 30, 2016
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Before the G20 summit this coming September, China and the US have already declared that they will be ratifying the iconic Paris Climate Change Agreement before the summit starts on September 4 and 5 in Hangzhou.

In the report of Xinhua, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has praised both countries on Friday, especially China for paving the way in promoting environmental protection and growth and opening opportunities for developing countries in the G20 summit. China invited the leaders from Laos, Senegal, Egypt, Kazakhstan and Thailand to take part in the G20 summit.

He remarked, "I commend China for steering the G20 summit this year in such a successful way leading the G20 towards action agenda that will come in full support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change."

The Secretary-General said that the Chinese leadership will be adopting both the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for the talks, which would be the first time the G20 will be discussing the issue in a summit. In the summit, it is also expected that Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama will be announcing their ratification of the Paris agreements.

Currently, 23 of the 55 countries which account to the 55% of the gas emissions have already ratified the Paris agreements. Without the rest, significant change is unlikely to occur. The UN is currently doubling its efforts to ensure that all the signatories will be ratifying the accord in an earlier schedule.

This year's G20 summit is themed "Toward an Innovative, Invigorated, Interconnected and Inclusive World Economy." All the member countries of the G20 are expected to attend the incoming summit.

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