UN Boss: Brexit Means Rewriting Of Paris Climate Agreement

  • Date: 24/06/16
  • James Crisp, EurActiv.com

A vote for Brexit in the UK referendum on EU membership (23 June) would mean that the COP21 agreement would have to be rewritten, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change said today (22 June) in Brussels.

Michael Bloomberg at today’s press conference. UN boss Christiana Figueres stands to the left of Bloomberg, and is flanked by Šefčovič and Klugman. photo: James Crisp

Christiana Figueres, one of the architects of the historic deal struck last December to limit warming to no more than two degrees above pre-industrial levels, said the international pact, “would require recalibration”.  It is currently in the process of ratification.

“From the point of view of the Paris Agreement, the UK is part of the EU and has put in its effort as part of the EU so anything that would change that would require a recalibration,” she said at a press conference.

“In principle, it is actually, historically, we say, as humankind, we are moving towards larger and larger tents of collaboration […] rather than in the opposite way.”

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