175 countries signed the climate agreement

UNU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holds his two-year-old granddaughter Isabelle Dobbs-Higginson as he signs the Paris Agreement on climate change at United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York, U.S., April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

The Paris Agreement was signed by 175 countries on Friday, significantly more than the UN had anticipated.

This is a historic moment,  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said during the ceremony in New York.
The number of countries which chose to sign the agreement on the day it was submitted for signing, was record high. UNCLOS old record of 119 signatures from 1982 was shattered.

The fact that so many countries are here to sign the agreement, is a sign of how important it is to everyone. It is an expression of the commitment we all share, the Norwegian Minister of Climate,Vidar Helgesen, said to the news agency NTB in New York ahead of the ceremony.
Beforehand, the UN expected that up to 155 countries would sign the Paris Agreement on Friday. 15 of the countries that were present, announced to UN that they already had ratified the agreement.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today