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More than 165 countries have indicated that they will sign the historic climate change agreement reached in Paris last December at a signature ceremony hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday, 22 April.

More than 165 countries have indicated that they will sign the historic climate change agreement reached in Paris last December at a signature ceremony hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on  Friday, 22 April.
 
The large number of countries will set a record for the most countries to sign an international agreement in one day, previously set in 1982, when 119 countries signed the Law of the Sea Convention.

The agreement was approved by the 196 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention of the Climate Change (UNFCCC) in COP21 in Paris on Dec. 12, 2015.
 
In the agreement, all countries pledged to work to limit the temperature rise overall below 2 degrees Celsius, but are aiming to achieve a temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The agreement was approved by the 196 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention of the Climate Change (UNFCCC) in COP21 in Paris on Dec. 12, 2015.
 
In the agreement, all countries pledged to work to limit the temperature rise overall below 2 degrees Celsius, but are aiming to achieve a temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Uganda  Radio Network has reliably learnt that Uganda is States that have indicated that they intend to sign the Paris Agreement at the ceremony today. Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kutesa is likely to sign on behalf of Uganda.
 
A statement from UN Department of Public Information says the world's largest economies, and the largest greenhouse gas emitters, have indicated that they will sign the agreement on Friday. 
 
The signing is the first step toward ensuring that the agreement enters into force as soon as possible.  After signing, countries must take the further national (or domestic) step of accepting or ratifying the agreement.
 
The agreement can enter into force 30 days after at least 55 Parties to the UNFCCC, accounting for at least 55 per cent of global emissions, ratify the agreement.
 
There are 13 countries, mostly Small Island Developing States that are expected to deposit their instruments of ratification immediately after signing the agreement on Friday.
 
The signature ceremony is a legal formality.  Only Heads of State or Government, foreign ministers, or other representatives with "formal powers" from their governments may sign the agreement. 
 
There is only one original copy of the agreement - it contains the full text of the agreement in the six official languages of the United Nations - Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.  There is a page for each of the 197 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
  
The President of France, François Hollande  is expected to  begin the signing.  Parties with special roles such as those who, in addition to signing, will deposit their instrument of ratification or acceptance of the Paris Agreement will be called at the beginning of the signing ceremony and will be invited to sign the Agreement first.
 
Following this, Parties that have indicated their intention to sign and have full powers will resume in order of protocol and alphabetically - for example,  Presidents in alphabetical order of country, Vice-Presidents, Heads of Government, Foreign Ministers, other Ministers and then Permanent Representatives.
 
The signature ceremony is a legal formality.  Only Heads of State or Government, foreign ministers, or other representatives with "formal powers" from their governments may sign the agreement. 
 
There is only one original copy of the agreement - it contains the full text of the agreement in the six official languages of the United Nations - Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.  There is a page for each of the 197 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
  
After signing the agreement, the signers will be greeted by the Secretary-General or the UN Legal Counsel, Under Secretary-General for the Office of Legal Affairs.
 
This high-level event will focus on highlighting how all actors of society and economy can accelerate action, learn from each other, and replicate and scale successful initiatives and activities that will deliver the transformative implementation of the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
 
The session will be moderated by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and French Environment Minister and COP 21 President Ségolène Royal. 

The session will feature a link-up with the Solar Impulse aircraft that is attempting to be the first airplane to circumnavigate the world using only renewable energy.