ActionAid welcomes signing of climate agreement

ActionAid welcomes signing of climate agreement but warns immediate action still urgently needed. 

Speaking ahead of Friday’s ceremony at the United Nations in New York, Harjeet Singh, ActionAid’s Climate Policy Manager, said:

"The Paris Agreement was a significant political achievement, but the jury is out on whether it will have meaningful results for the planet.

"World leaders confirming their commitment to the Paris deal is welcome, but it won’t be worth the paper it's written on unless the countries that cause climate change take far more action.  They need to commit to far greater emissions cuts, while increasing funds for renewable energy and to help poor people adapt to the impacts of climate change.

"What we need now is clear milestones on how rich nations will raise the $100 billion they promised, as well as ambitious roadmaps from all countries to show they are taking practical steps to address the crisis. The Paris Agreement needs to make sure that events like the current drought and other severe weather caused by El Niño can be effectively tackled in the future."

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