I’m Brian Deese, President Obama’s senior advisor. I’m here in Paris, where more than 190 countries just came together around the most ambitious climate agreement in history.
The President spoke from the White House to lay out the importance of this agreement. Check out his remarks here:
So why is this such a big deal? The Paris Agreement establishes a long-term, durable framework to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Here’s what that means:
First, for the first time ever, all countries committed to putting forward ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions.
Second, countries will now be required to report their progress toward those targets using a rigorous and standardized review process. That kind of transparency is vital to keeping every country moving toward carbon reduction.
Third, it provides strong assurance to developing countries, particularly the most vulnerable, that they will be supported as they build towards clean, climate resilience.
It’s truly a historic achievement. It is the culmination of nations, businesses, cities, and citizens combining forces to achieve something together. And it sends a powerful signal to the world — businesses and countries alike — that we’re moving to a clean energy economy.
Today, as the President said, we have demonstrated “that the world has both the will and the ability to take on this challenge.”
So be sure to watch the President’s remarks and read more about the specifics of the agreement.
Thanks, and stay tuned for more from the frontlines of the fight against climate change. We’re nowhere near done yet.
Senior Advisor to the President
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