BAN KI-MOON SEES PARIS AGREEMENT IN EFFECT NEXT YEAR `AT THE LATEST'

The Paris Agreement to globally address climate change should enter into effect in 2017 "at the latest" and possibly as soon as the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC to be held in November in Morocco, Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General, said today.

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Ban said he had received commitments from a number of nations, including the U.S., China, Canada, Mexico and Argentina, to ratify or otherwise formally join the Paris Agreement by the end of the year. That accord can take effect only if at least 55 nations representing at least 55 percent of global emissions formally join it.

"We must turn the promise of Paris into action and commitment as soon as possible," Ban said at the Climate Action Summit 2016. "Our goal now must be nothing less than a radical transformation of the world economy."