Members of the House of Representatives have unanimously ratified the “Paris Agreement” to curb climate-warming emissions and address climate change related challenges. The Agreement has been sent to the Senate for concurrence.
The “Paris Agreement” was approved by the House Plenary on Tuesday, November 15, owing to a Joint Committee Report from Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Judiciary and Good Governance.
“The Paris Agreement is an international framework that recognizes the ultimate objective of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCC). The Agreement seeks to address climate change related challenges in light of different national circumstances and further recognizes the need for effective and progressive responses to climate change through best available scientific knowledge,” River Cess County Byron W. Zahnwea, the Chairman of the Joint Committee, said.
“The Committee contacted all relevant stakeholders for their professional thinking. Every speaker in this regard expressed satisfaction and recommend smooth ratification of said instrument. In view of the foregoing, the Committee requests timely ratification of this important instrument by the House of
Representatives, which is in the best interest of our people,” the Committee wrote.
The ratification of the Paris Agreement was prompted 13 months ago when the Liberian government submitted its new climate action plan to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Liberia has also joined 129 countries (parties) to submit their Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC).
The Paris agreement will come into effect in 2020, empowering all countries to act to prevent average global temperatures rising above 2 degrees Celsius and to reap the many opportunities that arise from a necessary global transformation to clean and sustainable development.
Liberia’s approval of the Paris Agreement boosts the country’s morale at the COP22 Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, where President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is currently in attendance.
Meanwhile, the House Plenary has sent seven bills into Committees’ rooms to report within one to two weeks.
The amendment to the concession agreement between Liberia and LIB Inc. and the amendment to the concession agreement between the Republic of Liberia and Liberia Forest Products Inc. were sent to the Committees on Investment, Judiciary, and Ways, Means and Finance to report in two weeks.
The Financing Agreement of the Liberia Urban Water Supply Project between Liberia and the International Development Association was sent to the Committees of Public Utilities, State Enterprise, Judiciary, and Ways, Means and Finance.
However, four bills from the Liberian Senate to the House of Representatives for concurrence were also given to Committees to report in a week. They included Acts to Establish the Ministry of Health, the National Public Health Institute as well as Acts to Adopt the Securities Market and the Central Securities Depository.