Minister: Estonia to speed up ratification of Paris climate agreement ({{commentsTotal}})

Heads of delegations at the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), which led to the signing of the Paris Agreement. Nov. 30, 2015. Source: (Presidency of Mexico/Wikimedia Commons)

Estonia plans to speed up its ratification of the Paris Agreement endorsed by an overwhelming majority of votes in the European Parliament on Tuesday, Minister of the Environment Marko Pomerants said.

"Estonia supports the approach that the EU as a strong supporter of the entire process and chief negotiator cannot be absent from the table," said Pomerants. "When it comes to how far we are with this ourselves, Estonia too has sped up its domestic procedures for the sake of the agreement's faster ratification."

The Estonian minister noted that the draft of the ratification resolution should be on the government's agenda on Thursday, after which the Riigikogu can begin addressing it.

"We have set out to ratify the agreement before the climate conference that will take place in November," said Pomerants.

The Paris Agreement, the first multilateral treaty addressing climate change which considers the effects of the greehouse gases of nearly the entire world, was agreed upon by 195 countries in Paris last December.

The main goal of the agreement is to hold the increase in the global average temperature at well below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures as well as to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial temperatures.

The Estonian Minister of the Environment signed the UN's Paris Agreement in New York in April.

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