Europe House lit up in Green for 1st Anniversary of Paris Agreement

The lights of the Europe House were switched to green on Tuesday by Leo Faber, Ambassador of the European Union to Lao PDR, in the presence of diplomatic officials from EU member states’ embassies and government officials.

The event was to highlight the 1st Anniversary of the adoption of Paris Agreement on December 12, 2015, and achievements reached since at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which was held in Paris.

The Paris Agreement brings all nations into a cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so.

The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius; to increase the capacity to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change, promote resilience and adaptation investments in developing countries, in particular to reduce threats to food production, and to make adequate financial resources available to support climate-resilient and low-carbon economic development.

“Preventing dangerous climate change is a key priority for the European Union,” said Ambassador Leo Faber at the Green Light event.

“Europe is working hard to cut its greenhouse gas emissions substantially while encouraging other nations and regions to do likewise. Together, we can and must, hand over to future generations a world that is more stable, healthier, and with fairer societies and more prosperous economies. This is not a dream. This is a reality and it is within our reach,” said Ambassador Leo Faber.

Since the Paris Agreement entered into force on December 4, 2016, 116 out of 197 Parties to the Convention, including the European Union, have ratified the deal.

“We are very pleased to see the strong commitment of the Lao government to this agreement and would be pleased to lend our support to translate this into action at the country level,” Ambassador Leo Faber.

The Paris Agreement is an agreement within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change dealing with the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.

Source: Lao News Agency