According to a statement of the Foreign Ministry, Minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaies Jhinaoui signed the document for Tunisia, during a ceremony organised in the UN premises in New York, gathering several Heads of State, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers of Environment. Some 175 countries according to the UN signed the agreement negotiated in the COP 21 summit which was held in December 2015 in Paris.
Jhinaoui evoked a “historical decision”, underlining during his reading of the declaration of Tunisia the importance of the agreement to reduce climate change and guarantee the right of the future generations for healthy environment.
The Minister highlighted Tunisia’s commitment in matters of environment protection, reminding that it had ratified all the international climate-related agreements and treaties, according to the same source. The environment protection was consecrated by the Constitution of 2014 and constitutes a priority of the five-year development plan 2016-2020, asserted Jhinaoui, according to the same source. Tunisia counts to curb 41% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
“This is by far, the largest number of countries to sign an international agreement in one day”, commended in turn, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. “The following critical stage consists in supervising if the agreement come into force as soon as possible,” added Ban Ki-Moon, who was speaking during a joint news conference with French President François Hollande, on the fringes of the ceremony.