RATIFICATION. The Philippines is set to ratify the landmark Paris climate deal by July 2017. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is set to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change by July 2017.

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I’M GLAD to know that President Duterte will finally sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. I admire him for respecting the decision of his cabinet, majority of whom voted to uphold the treaty adopted by the Philippines. According to President Duterte himself, only one or two (including him), opposed it. The agreement by the way is already in effect.

According to the UNFCC website, the number of ratifications needed for the Paris Agreement to be in effect was already achieved on October 05, 2016. At least 55 Parties to the Convention accounting in total for at least an estimated 55 % of the total global greenhouse gas emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with the Depositary. Thirty days after on November 04, 2016, the treaty officially entered into force.

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