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House ratifies Paris Agreement on emissions

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 19, 2016   /  04:33 pm
House ratifies Paris Agreement on emissions French President Francois Hollande (right) celebrates a multilateral climate deal reached in Paris with COP21 president Laurent Fabius (center) UN climate chief Christiana Figueres (left) and UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon (second left). (AP/File)

House of Representatives has unanimously endorsed a bill on the ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change to step up the country's commitment in fighting global warming.

The endorsement followed a series of discussions, including with the Environment and Forestry Ministry, about key points of the convention before passing it into law.

"All political factions have agreed to follow up the deliberations at the House's steering committee and Commission VII, namely to take [the ratification] to the plenary meeting," Commission VII chairman Gus Irawan said during the meeting on Wednesday.

The ratification aims to formalize the country's commitment to reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, within an international framework reached by the UN in 2015 in an effort to curb global warming.

According to Gus, Indonesia already had a set of regulations that could support the implementation of the Paris Agreement, including Law No. 5/1960 on agriculture as well as Law No. 17/2004 that ratified the Kyoto Protocol and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

More than 170 world leaders have signed the deal, but it won't take effect until 55 countries accounting for at least 55 percent of global emissions have ratified or accepted it through their domestic procedures. 28 countries accounting for 39 percent of emissions, including the world's two biggest emitters, the United States and China, have already ratified the deal, Associated Press has reported. (bbn)

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