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Paris climate agreement far from being implemented: Hollande

Paris climate agreement far from being implemented: HollandeCountries should ratify the international agreement on climate change to the end of the year as the deal is still far from being implemented, French President Francois Hollande urged on Tuesday.

Paris climate agreement, signed last year in France, obligates states to take concrete measures to curb emissions that contribute to climate change. It will take effect once at least 55 nations accounting for at least 55 percent of global emissions ratify it. But for now just 23 countries, responsible for 1.08 percent of emissions, have done so.

"The immediate urgency is to ensure the (climate agreement) is put into action by year-end. That's far from being achieved. I ask you to double your efforts to push countries where you reside to ratify the accord before Marrakesh," Hollande said, before next round of U.N. climate talks take place in November.

Erik Solheim, the United Nations Environment chief, supported France in urging countries to sign the agreement. But he was more optimistic about the rate of ratifications.

"The United States and China have said they would do it this year and I visited Brasilia a couple of weeks back, and the Brazilians made it absolutely clear that they would, even in the midst of this big, big crisis in the land, they would sign off to Paris in September. So at the end of the year you will see a completely different pattern when it comes to signing the Paris agreement," Solheim said at a news conference in Geneva.
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