North Korean FM leaves for New York to sign UN climate accord

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Pyongyang, April 19 (IANS) North Korean foreign Minister Ri Su-yong on Tuesday left for the UN headquarters in New York to join the signing ceremony of Paris climate agreement.

The report said Ri led a delegation to attend the signing ceremony and the high-level debate on achieving sustainable development goals, but did not elaborate on the schedule of visit, Xinhua reported.

Earlier this month, the UN spokesperson’s office confirmed Ri’s attendance but said a meeting between Ri and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines cannot be confirmed.

More than 130 countries have confirmed to sign the Paris Agreement at the ceremony on Friday, according to the UN.

Agreed by 195 countries at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris in December 2015, the Paris Agreement sets a target of keeping the global average rise in temperature below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and preferably below 1.5 degrees.

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On the basis of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, developed countries agreed to raise $100 billion a year by 2020 to help developing countries transform their economies.

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