UN looks to ratify Paris climate agreement early

More than 160 countries are due to sign the international climate change treaty in New York, starting the process towards it entering into force

More than 160 countries have gathered at the UN General Assembly to sign the historc Paris Agreement. Photograph: Patrick Gruban/FlickrMore than 160 countries are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change at a high-level UN ceremony in New York on 22 April, starting the formal process towards entry-into-force.

At least 55 countries responsible for 55% of global emissions must sign before states can begin to submit instruments of ratification. The number of signatures expected on Friday should easily surpass both thresholds.

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