G7 leaders emphasize their commitment to climate pact

(May 30th, 2016) On May 27, leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized democracies meeting at their summit in Japan reaffirmed their commitment to swift implementation of the landmark Paris climate pact signed last year. 

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seen with world leaders on Friday, the second day of the annual Group of Seven summit, held this year in Shima, Mie Prefecture

The Paris Agreement seeks to limit a rise in global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius. The European Commission called it “the first-ever universal, legally binding” global climate framework.

“The G-7, continuing to take a leadership role, commits to taking the necessary steps to secure ratification, acceptance or approval of the Paris Agreement as soon as possible, and calls on all parties to do so, striving for a goal of entry into force in 2016,” the leaders said in a communique as the two-day summit drew to a close.