Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Paris Climate Agreement


Webnews 06/09/2016

Ahead of the expected vote in the European Parliament in October, the Secretariat of COMECE welcomes the ratification by China and the United States of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The ratification by these two states, given their economic weight and their environmental impact, represents a significant step in the right direction.

In an appeal addressed to the COP 21 negotiating parties in October 2015, COMECE and the continental groupings of national episcopal conferences had called for a climate agreement that is fair, legally binding and leading to concrete changes.

The 2015 agreement under ratification should deliver ‘an adaptation approach that adequately responds to the immediate needs of the most vulnerable communities and builds on local alternatives’.

COMECE urges political, economic players and every citizen to engage resolutely in putting into practice an ‘ecological conversion’, to which Pope Francis invited us again last 1 September.

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