Meeting at the UN on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2016, leaders of the world’s most influential nations gathered to affirm their commitment to the climate goals set forth in the Paris Accord agreement approved by 195 nations last December. The day-long ceremony proved the enthusiastically attended event signaled a new height in the attention issues of sustainability and low-carbon development reach in today’s climate-change challenged world.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon, in his opening address, observed that, while a strong showing of support, the signatures the agreement received on its first day, breaking a UN record, were only a beginning. To reach full implementation these nations must now ratify the agreement in their native countries, finally going into effect once all 55 countries contributing to 55% of the earth’s emissions have signed the agreement.

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Read the UN’s in-depth coverage of the Ceremony.

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