Almost 150 nations have already pledged to attend the signing ceremony at United Nations headquarters next week for the global climate agreement.
Segolene Royal, France’s environment minister and UN Climate Change Process President announced on Friday saying that, “We have 147 confirmed to sign on April 22, including about 50 heads of state.”
“That means that momentum for the Paris accord has not subsided,” he added as Royal referred to the international conferences held last December where global leaders simply neglected the agreement.
He said that the ceremony will be made to convince world leaders that this is their opportunity to make “a strong declaration” on carbon pricing policy. Their goal is to create an “elevated, stable, discernible, and coordinated” carbon price so they could easily encourage and promote the development of clean energy.
The host of this year’s climate COP (conference of parties) agreed to make the event “climate neutral” to advice the goal of reducing emissions as much as possible. The Paris gathering named COP21, or 21st Conference of Parties, had almost 200 government representatives to attend the agreement and reached a target of limiting global warming to “well below” 2.0 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial levels. The conference calls upon the knowledge of people to dramatically help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in an effort to reduce global warming.
However, the deal will only be approved with at least 55 percent of the countries responsible for at least 55 percent of the emissions will agree.
U.S. President Barack Obama will not be attending the New York signing ceremony and will be having a surrogate who is yet to be announced.