US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) talks with former US Vice President and environmental activist Al Gore ahead of the closing of the COP21 Climate Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT
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Seven decades later, in Paris, nations have united in the face of another threat – the threat to life as we know it due to a rapidly warming planet.The Paris Agreement is a triumph for people, the environment and for multilateralism. The victory in Paris caps a remarkable year. From the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development, from the historic Sustainable Development Summit in New York to the climate conference in Paris, this has been a year in which the United Nations has proven its ability to deliver hope and healing to the world.The Paris Agreement delivered on all the key points I called for.The Paris Agreement also ensures sufficient, balanced adaptation and mitigation support for developing countries, especially the poorest and most vulnerable.Now, with the Paris Agreement in place, our thoughts must immediately turn to implementation.The Paris Agreement has positive implications for all the Sustainable Development Goals.As a first step in implementing the Paris Agreement, I will convene, as requested by the Agreement and by the Convention, a high-level signing ceremony in New York, on April 22 next year.
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