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High-Level Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

22 April 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York

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CoverageAbout | 22 Apr

A Youth representative opened the Paris Agreement signing ceremony

On Friday, 22 April 2016, the signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change took place at the UN Headquarters in New York. Following an opening ceremony, 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement, the largest number of countries to ever sign a multilateral agreement on the day on which it opens for signature. After signing, Heads of State and Government met in parallel sessions to deliver national statements addressing their intention to ratify the Agreement, and outline their climate change policies and actions.

In the afternoon, a high-level special event addressed the theme “taking climate action to the next level: realizing the vision of the Paris Agreement.” The day was closed by statements from past, present and future Presidents of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP), and an address by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for greater ambition in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Ban Ki-moon gaveled the ceremony to a close at 6:46 pm.

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L-R: Ségolène Royal, COP 21 President, and Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France; François
Hollande
, President,
France; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; and Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco


Getrude Clement, a climate youth representative from Tanzania



President François Hollande of
France

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon



Dilma Rousseff
, President, Brazil

President of the UNGA Mogens Lykketoft



Justin Trudeau
, Prime Minister, Canada

Zhang Gaoli, Vice Premier, China



Joseph Kabila
, President, Democratic Republic of Congo

Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister, Italy



Evo Morales
, President, Bolivia

Enele Sosene Sopoaga, Prime Minister, Tuvalu


Delegates at the signing-ceremony



Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco

Ollanta Humala, President, Peru



Alexander Khloponin
, Deputy Prime Minister, Russian Federation

Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group



Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim
, Civil Society Representative, Chad

John Kerry, US Secretary of State


Leonardo DiCaprio, Actor and UN Envoy on Climate Change


Leonardo DiCaprio, Actor and UN Envoy on Climate Change, addressing the plenary


197 children representing all the countries of the world invited delegates to stand up to combat climate change


Getrude Clement, a climate youth representative from Tanzania, called on delegates to stand with the children of the world

Signing of the Paris Agreement

François Hollande, President, France



Palau signs


Belize signs


John Kerry, US Secretary of State, signing the Paris Agreement
accompanied by his granddaughter



Maldives signs


The Philippines signs


Freundel Stuart, President, Barbados

High-level Event on "Taking Climate Action to the Next Level: Realizing the Vision of the Paris Agreement"

View of the high-level event with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


L-R: President of the UNGA Mogens Lykketoft; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon;
and Hoesung Lee, Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Closing Plenary

Ségolène Royal, COP 21 President, and Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France



L-R: Ségolène Royal, COP 21 President, and Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France;
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; and Salaheddine Mezouar, President Designate of COP 22 and Minister
of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Morocco



CoverageAbout | 22 Apr

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