Fiji becomes first country to ratify UN COP21 Climate deal

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Fiji has become the first country in the world to formally ratify the international UN climate deal that was agreed in Paris in December 2015.

Fiji’s parliament unanimously agreed to a motion proposed by attorney general Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum urging the government to approve the treaty ahead of the official signing ceremony in April.

The climate deal is designed to avert an average global temperature increase of 2°C compared to pre-industrial times and it needs 55 signatories to take effect, with experts confident it will be passed easily.

Fiji has pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 10 per cent by 2030, or by 30 per cent depending on international support.

The Pacific island nation also set a target of using renewable energy to power 100 per cent of its electricity by 2030.

This country has opened the floor for others to follow suit.

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