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Libya prepares to join Paris Agreement

The Libyan Prime Minister, Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah, has referred the paperwork of joint the Paris Agreement – a legally binding international treaty on climate change – to the House of Representatives (HoR) for endorsement so that Libya can be part of the treaty.

The media office of the Libyan Prime Minister said the Government of National Unity announced this step at the ceremony of the World Environment Day 2021 – last Saturday – because of its quest to reduce pollution and other problems that affect the environment and lead to devastating impact on the climate.

Dbeibha also said that because of the geographical position of Libya, it is considered one of the countries that are most harmed by the negative effects of the current and upcoming climate changes, singling out desertification, drought, sandstorms, water shortages, heat waves, and other issues.

The Paris Agreement was adopted by 196 parties at COP 21 in Paris, on 12 December 2015 and entered into force on 4 November 2016. Its goal is to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels. To achieve this long-term temperature goal, countries aim to reach global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible to achieve a climate neutral world by mid-century.

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