Highlights and images of main proceedings for 22 April 2016


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.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, has provided web coverage and a briefing note from the Paris Climate Agreement Signing Ceremony. Our briefing note is available in HTML and PDF
Photos by IISD/ENB | Francis Dejon
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