UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders to the official ceremony of the official signing of the Paris agreement and the UN estimates that about 120 nations will sign the accord. The agreement is due to take effect in 2020 and requires at least 55 countries representing at least 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions to ratify it first.
According to the United Nations, the number of countries that will ratify the Paris climate agreement at an April 22 ceremony in New York will set a new record for an international accord.
The current record was set when 119 countries signed the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea on 10 December, 1982 and it is expected that the number of UN member states ratifying the global deal to combat climate change, which was agreed by 195 countries in December, will beat the record.
The Paris Agreement is designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions and prevent global temperatures from increasing by 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times.
Countries are expected to participate or send representatives as the need to “transform the global economy for increase in low-emissions and to toughen resilience to unseen changes to come, especially in less well-developed countries”.