Statement on the Signing of the Paris Agreement to Combat Climate Change

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Ambassador Samantha Power
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York City
December 12, 2015


These past two weeks in Paris, the world came together to discuss climate change, one of the most important issues of our time and an issue on which the fate of future generations will hinge. With the agreement signed today, we have put aside differences to reach an accord that will benefit us all. If each country represented in COP21 fulfills its commitments, our children’s children will look back on the Paris agreement as a watershed moment.

There is no corner of the world or group of people climate change does not affect, and no one country – or subset of countries –‎ can solve it alone. Through their remarkable and tireless work these past two weeks, our negotiating teams proved that a truly global response can be mobilized. I congratulate all involved in the negotiations for their endurance through long and contentious days and nights of talks. They have achieved an ambitious and durable agreement‎ –one that elevates our collective level of commitment and provides the structure to track our progress.

In the years ahead, combatting climate change will require countless individual actions by countless individual players. This agreement makes each of these more likely – and thus is a major step toward allowing our generation to be remembered less as a bystander to climate change and its devastating economic, security, and social effects, than as a generation that made hard choices so as to bring about a more stable and secure world.

Source: U.S Department of State


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