UNFCCC and Paris Agreement awarded with Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation 2016

Thursday, 4 August, 2016

This year's Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation has been awarded to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement for its efforts in reducing the role of human activity with regard to global warming since entering into force of the international treaty in 1994. The Jury made this decision, in the Spanish city of Oviedo, to highlight the significant achievement of the Paris Agreement in December 2015, where 195 participating countries made a commitment to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases as part of a universal model for development.

The Jury commented on the significance of this agreement as a landmark event in the light of international cooperation and its accomplishment in giving direction to countries to achieve a more sustainable society. Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, has expressed her gratitude on behalf of her UNFCCC colleagues for bestowing them with this award. "I sincerely believe the Paris Climate Change Agreement, which in many ways took over two decades in the making and has been the work of many, many hands, marks a milestone in respect to nations cooperating under the UN to deal with an overarching and systemic threat to lives and livelihoods everywhere."

"The Paris Agreement is testimony that multilateralism is alive and well and can serve as a catalyst and a beacon for international cooperation across a myriad of challenges and not just sustainable development in the 21st century. The agreement and the positivity it has generated provides seeds for a new and renewed engagement on peace and security across the globe which is at the heart of the UN’s raison d’etre”, said Figueres.

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