Last Friday 22 April, 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement on climate change at a ceremony convened by the UN Secretary-General in New York. This was an encouraging sign of the commitment by world leaders to the historic Agreement made on 12 December last year.
Addressing climate change is a key area of work for The Elders. Our efforts focused over the last two years on securing a strong and equitable agreement in Paris.
Throughout this time we called for transformative leadership, solidarity and justice in addressing the disproportionate impacts of climate change on the most vulnerable people.
The Agreement achieved is stronger and more ambitious than many had thought possible, but now the crucial next step is ratification.