Global Climate Deal Signed, Success Depends On Individual Nations
For the first time an accord to deal with climate change was signed by a majority of the world’s nations. Unlike the 1992 Kyoto Protocol, which saw only 35 nations sign onto it, more than 190 countries approved the Paris Agreement. The pact would for the first time require all developed and developing nations to take action to tackle global warming by limiting their greenhouse-gas emissions.
President Barack Obama called the agreement the “best chance we have to save the planet,” and said by agreeing to the pact, the United States has shown itself to be a global leader on climate change.
If the nonbinding agreement is to have any impact, United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon said civil society must be active and engaged in pressuring national governments to remain committed.
“One of the very valuable lessons that I’ve learned as Secretary-General during the last nine years is that no government, no international organization, can do its work properly without active engagement and support from civil society,” Mr. Ban told members of non-governmental organizations in Paris.
Bloomberg News offers a brief outline of the five key points of the Paris Agreement.
For success to be achieved, developed countries will have to both reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions and back up to the promise to contribute more than $100 billion annually to poorer, developing nations to help finance their efforts. In turn. the poorer nations will need to identify ways to grow their economies, particularly the ranks of their middle class while also cutting carbon emissions, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Venezuelan Left Not Dead Yet
After 16 years of left-wing rule, Venezuelan politics changed when Mauricio Macri, the new centre-right president of Argentina, won the election and a two-thirds majority in congress was claimed by his supporters.
But the Left is hardly dead. The governing United Socialist Party (PSUV) continuing to hold strong support and controls many of the levers of power, achieving actual change will be a challenge.
“Despite this victory, the situation in Venezuela is still far from ideal. And we don’t yet know what the results of the election mean for the future of the currently socialist country,” writes CapX’s Katrina Hall.
A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found 85 percent of Venezuelans are dissatisfied with the management of the nation, which helps to explain why there was a 74 percent voter participation rate in the recent elections.
Three Women Win In Historic Elections In Saudi Arabia
Salma bint Hizab Al-Oteibi was elected to the council of Madrakah, a village north of the holy city of Makkah, in the first elections held in Saudi Arabia that were open to women candidates, according to a preliminary commission report carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). At least two other women also claimed seats on Sunday.