All EU countries have announced that they are ready before the end of the year to ratify the “historic” Paris agreement on climate change, despite the fact that some irrational parliaments have yet to approve the document, according to France24 , citing AFP.
As stated by the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, the decision was made on Friday, 30 September, at an extraordinary meeting of the EU Council at the Ministerial level on the protection of the environment in Brussels.
“All the Ministers gave the “green light” for early ratification of the Paris agreement. What some thought impossible became real,” wrote Tusk in his Twitter.
The Ministers gathered in Brussels specifically for the coordination of positions of all EU countries to ratify the agreement before the end of 2016.
The Paris agreement of UN on climate change, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol, was adopted on 12 December 2015 in Paris, the 21st session of the Conference of the parties to the UN framework Convention on climate change. The press immediately called it “historic” because the agreement followed four years of complex negotiations, during which the participants tried to find a compromise between matching the interests of developed and developing countries.
23 April 2016 at the UN General Assembly in new York, the document was signed by 175 States, including Russia, Germany, USA, China and India.
The document States have obligations to prevent the increase in average temperature on Earth by 2100 by more than two degrees Celsius in comparison with the same indicator for the pre-industrial era.
The agreement will enter into force on the 30th day after it is ratified by at least 55 countries, accounting for at least 55% of the total global greenhouse gas emissions.
Earlier, the Minister of natural resources Sergey Donskoy, commenting on the signing by Russia of the document, noted that the Paris agreement will encourage Russian enterprises to modernise production and use of more environmentally friendly equipment.