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DR ratifies COP21 Paris Climate Agreement

Environment Minister Francisco Domínguez Brito highlighted the importance of the Dominican Congress ratifying the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The Chamber of Deputies gave its approval to the document in a session on Wednesday, 29 March 2017. Domínguez said the document is not a simple international agreement but the one that the Dominican Republic and the other countries must implement to address the global threat that affects all nations, with insular states being the most vulnerable.

Domínguez said that extremes in climate can be seen in increasingly erratic cycles of floods and droughts that are affecting many countries. He said this is a way to advance not only towards mitigation but also to adapt to the new climate reality.

“The future needs to be taken very seriously, we live on an island that is listed amongst the most vulnerable on the planet, shared with Haiti, which by itself is considered the third most vulnerable country on the planet in the face of climate change,” said Dominguez. “Then the best we can do is to work very hard to address climate for the future of our country and bolster cooperation with our neighbor country, because our fate in environmental matters will be permanently linked,” he said referring to Haiti.

Previously the agreement had been sanctioned by the Constitutional Court and the Senate. The COP21 agreement was signed by President Danilo Medina on 22 April 2016, together with representatives of 176 countries during the ceremony held at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York City.

Source: DR1, Elnuevodiario

Mar 31, 2017

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