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Cyprus to ratify Paris Agreement on Friday

Parliament will on Friday ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change which was approved by the cabinet, Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis said on Tuesday.

The agreement, that sets out a global action plan to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2C, is to be ratified by the House plenum on Friday.

The Paris Agreement was the outcome of the Paris climate conference in December 2015, where 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal.

The European Union, which is already taking steps to implement its target to reduce emissions by at least 40 per cent by 2030, formally ratified the Paris Agreement in October.

Governments agreed to a long-term goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels, and to aim to limit the increase to 1.5C, since this would significantly reduce risks and the impacts of climate change.

They also agreed on the need for global emissions to peak as soon as possible and to under-take rapid reductions thereafter in accordance with the best available science.

Under the agreement, governments should also strengthen their societies’ ability to deal with the impacts of climate change.

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