UN Chief Among 100 Global Thinkers for 2016 Honored by Foreign Policy

Write : 2016-12-13 14:23:24 Update : 2016-12-13 14:44:55

UN Chief Among 100 Global Thinkers for 2016 Honored by Foreign Policy

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been named one of 100 Leading Global Thinkers honored by Foreign Policy magazine.
The U.S. magazine said Ban was included in this year’s list for his achievement of making the Paris Agreement a legally binding treaty less than a year after it was adopted.
The report cited that Ban lobbied for 55 states responsible for at least 55 percent of emissions to swiftly ratify the accord as time was of the essence given rising global temperatures.
The accord in October secured ratification from the 55 states, which was the threshold necessary for the agreement to enter into force. By the time it had gone into force last month, the accord had been ratified by roughly 90 countries, including the world’s number one and two emitters of greenhouse gases, China and the U.S. 
The report said that “there was also the specter of Donald Trump, a climate change skeptic, winning the U.S. presidency and blocking the world’s second-largest polluter from ratifying the pact.” However, the report said that in the end, Ban’s campaign worked, citing that the treaty came into force four days before the U.S. election.

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