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Singapore signs Paris Agreement on climate change
SINGAPORE: Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan represented Singapore at the signature ceremony of the Paris Agreement on climate change at the United Nations in New York, announced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Saturday (Apr 23).
Dr Balakrishnan also delivered Singapore's national statement at the signature ceremony on Friday to "affirm Singapore's support and commitment for the Agreement", added MFA.
In the statement, the Minister noted that Singapore ranks 123rd in emissions intensity out of 142 countries worldwide, but promised that the country will "continue to do more".
"Within the geographical constraints we face, we will pursue renewable energy in the form of increased solar PV (photovoltaic) deployment," he added. "This will supplement our substantial energy efficiency efforts and other mitigation measures to lower our Emissions Intensity by 36 per cent from 2005 levels, and to stabilise our emissions around 2030."
"We take our pledge seriously, and will now turn to making the necessary domestic preparations to enable us to ratify the agreement and to achieve the objectives under our NDC (nationally determined contributions)."
According to the United Nations, 175 states signed the agreement, while 15 of those states also ratified it. The signature ceremony, organised by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, was the largest ever one-day signing of an international agreement.
While in New York, Dr Balakrishnan also held meetings with American strategic thinkers, including Dr Henry Kissinger, said MFA. Additionally, he attended a dinner hosted by the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael Bloomberg.
The minister was accompanied by officials from the MFA.
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