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Iceland Ratifies Paris Climate Agreement

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Iceland Ratifies Paris Climate Agreement

Sólheimajökull glacier in South Iceland.

Sólheimajökull glacier. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, unanimously voted earlier this week to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement. On behalf of Iceland, Minister of Foreign Affairs Lilja Alfreðsdóttir presented UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with the ratified agreement at the United Nations headquarters today, RÚV reports.

Representatives of 30 additional countries, including Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, did the same on behalf of their nations. The agreement was signed by Minister for the Environment Sigrún Magnúsdóttir at an official ceremony in New York in April.

For the Paris agreement to formally take effect, it must be ratified by 55 states, collectively responsible for more than 55 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. Before today’s ceremony, 29 states, responsible for 40 percent of emissions, had already ratified the agreement, the US and China among them.

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