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The Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony At A Glance

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Emil Jeyaratnam and James Whitmore and Michael Hopkin

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clockApr 22 2016, 10:51 UTC
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More than 160 nations will sign the Paris Agreement on its opening day – a record for a United Nations treaty. Aotearoa/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

Leaders and diplomats from more than 160 countries are gathering at the United Nations' New York headquarters on April 22 to sign the Paris Agreement – the landmark climate deal hammered out at the culmination of last year’s talks.

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The ceremony marks the start of a year-long opportunity for countries to sign the agreement, although most of the world will sign on the opening day. But the process doesn’t end there – nations will still need to ratify the treaty domestically. Only when at least 55 countries, accounting for at least 55% of global greenhouse emissions, have done so will the Paris deal become international law.

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Emil Jeyaratnam, Multimedia Editor, The Conversation; James Whitmore, Editor, Environment & Energy, The Conversation, and Michael Hopkin, Environment + Energy Editor, The Conversation

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