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Latvia completes ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.


Latvia has completed ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (Unity) has announced on his Twitter account. The Foreign Ministry's spokesman Raimonds Jansons says that Latvia has conducted all national procedures for the agreement to come into force. As reported, on February 2, in the final reading today, Saeima supported ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

When the agreement is ratified, Latvia will have to meet its liabilities under the joint resolution of the EU Member States--to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, by at least 40 per cent compared to 1990.

"Latvia in these talks has achieved much better terms than initially proposed. Latvia's goal now will be to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 6 per cent compared to 2005, which is the third lowest goal among all 28 EU Member States, but negotiations are still going on," said Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Kaspars Gerhards (National Alliance) earlier.

As reported at the end of September 2016, EU environment ministers achieved an agreement on ratification of the Paris Agreement. The ministers were concerned earlier about how the agreement will affect requirements for climate change prevention on national levels. In early October 2016, ratification of the agreement was supported by the European Parliament.

The Paris Agreement is believed to be the most important international agreement to curb climate change. It was approved by a unanimous vote of 195 countries during the conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in late 2015.

By October 22, 2016, the agreement has been ratified by 84 countries, which are responsible for about 61 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, including the largest emitters--the US, China and India. Also, several EU Member States have completed ratification, including--Germany, France, Poland and Hungary.

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Date:Feb 23, 2017
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