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Paris Agreement is an agreement within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It deals with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020. It was signed on 22nd April 2016 by 175 UNFCCC members and has been ratified by 15 members

According to Wikipedia, Climate Change is a change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when that changes lasts for an extended period of time. It is caused by a number of factors such as volcanic eruptions, solar radiation received by earth and human activities such as fossil fuel combustion, land use, deforestation, cement manufacture, etc. Climate Change is bound to change life as we know it. Climate change poses growing risks. Catastrophic storms destroy lives and homes. Droughts pressure rural livelihoods. Sea level rise threatens low-lying areas.

According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon at the opening ceremony, the planet is experiencing record temperatures: “We are in a race against time. I urge all countries to join the agreement at the national level. Today we are signing a new covenant for the future.”

According to the United Nations Women, one of the most vulnerable people at risk from climate change are poor women. For women, the impacts are already a daily reality. Many spend increasingly long hours hunting for food, fuel and water, or struggling to grow crops. When disasters strike, women are far more likely to perish.

UN Women works to combat climate change by advocating for gender equality and women’s empowerment in mitigating and adapting to climate change, against the backdrop of achieving equitable and inclusive sustainable development. The organization calls for women to be heard at all levels of decision-making, from households to political arenas. In global climate change negotiations, UN Women actively promotes commitments to gender equality and women’s rights as well as women’s contributions to all aspects of mitigation and adaptation.

Author: Ope Adedeji