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Paris Agreement: the reaction

December 14, 2015

Here are some reactions to the agreement package by the countries in the COP21 Climate Conferees in Le Bourget, Paris, France.

Executive Director of Greenpeace, Kumi Naidoo”The Paris Agreement is only one step of a long journey. There are things that sometimes make me frustrated and disappointed, but this is a process. The agreement itself will not be a way out for us who have fallen into the hole, but only opens the path a little more gentle.”

Kumi, who after COP21 will leave Greenpeace, also provides additional notes that although the target of the agreement is to limit the temperature rise does not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius, but the combination of emissions targets committed by countries are still close to 3 degrees Celsius.

Executive Director of the UN Environment Program, Achim Steiner

“Paris Agreement is probably the most important international agreements in history. World countries had been underscored that climate change is a threat to the security and welfare of the entire world community.”

Steiner also stressed that negotiations that ended with the Paris Agreements must continue. Time for the world to encourage the green economy, renewable energy, environmentally friendly funding initiatives and actions that consider sustainability, especially in the transport sector, construction, and others.

President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, Andrew Steer

“Paris Agreement was able to send a strong message and a clear signal to the economic market that it is time to move forward towards the transition to a carbon-free economy. This deal is good for the world community, good for the economy, good for the planet.”

Steer added that the work has not been completed. In the coming months, all parties need to take a step forward on the foundation that has been built in Paris, which shifts the Paris commitments into real action.

Director of the IMF, Christine Lagarde

“Paris agreement is an important step. For any emissions from fossil energy sources, today the world needs to provide incentives for low-carbon investments that are also capable of being a source of income of the poor, reduce debt, and lighten the tax burden for households and businesses.”

“Lagarde also added that he was waiting for the following steps in the form of further dialogue on the carbon price and efforts to help countries to practice this important policy. Clara Rondonuwu

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