The Europe House was switched on into Green Light today by HE Leo Faber, Ambassador of the European Union to Lao PDR witnessed by diplomatic corps from the EU Member States' Embassies and government officials to highlight the 1st Anniversary of Paris Agreement and achievements reached since it was adopted on 12 December 2015 at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Paris.
The Paris Agreement brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so.
The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius; to increase the capacity to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change, promoting resilience and adaptation investments in developing countries, in particular to reduce threats to food production; and to make adequate financial resources available to support a climate-resilient and low-carbon economic development.
Speaking at the Green Light event, Ambassador Faber said, "Preventing dangerous climate change is a key priority for the European Union. Europe is working hard to cut its greenhouse gas emissions substantially while encouraging other nations and regions to do likewise. Together we must and we can hand over to future generations a world that is more stable, a healthier planet, fairer societies and more prosperous economies. This is not a dream. This is a reality and it is within our reach."
The Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016 and has currently 116 including the European Union out of 197 Parties to the Convention have ratified the deal.
"We are very pleased to see the strong commitment of Lao Government to this Agreement and would be pleased to lend our support to translate this into action at the country level," added Ambassador Faber
The Paris Agreement is an agreement within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.