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CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES CONVERTS TO LAW THE PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Press release,
Wednesday, March 29, 2017,
Santo Domingo, D.N.

At midday today, the Chamber of Deputies unanimously approved the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, converting this agreement into law and the Dominican Republic in the State No 142 of 194 that has ratified this international agreement.

Representatives of the civil society and the environmental movement, as well as officials of the National Council for Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanism, and the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources, witnessed the approval of this agreement.

The following were present in the the Chamber of Representatives: Representatives of the NGO Alliance, the National Committee to Combat Climate Change (CNLCC), the National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH-RD), the Jaragua Group, the Ecological Society of Nizao, among others, and the coordinator of the National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism, Ernesto Reyna, climate change advisor to the Presidency of the Republic, Omar Ramírez and other officials of the Ministry of the Environment and Resources Natural.

Following the adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, representatives of civil society and government agencies congratulated each other on the decision of the Chamber of Deputies.

The president of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources of the Chamber of Deputies, Francisco Matos motivated before the hemicycle the favorable vote for the Paris Agreement in a speech in which he explained the great importance of this international agreement for the country.

Deputy Matos also explained in his speech the reasons why this agreement had not been approved before, especially before November 4 of last year, which was the date on which it came into effect.

Following the approval of the agreement, representatives of civil society organizations and the environmental movement and government officials met with the president of the environmental and natural resources commission, Francisco Matos, to thank them and the Chamber Of Deputies for the approval of the agreement.

Professor Enrique de León, speaking on behalf of civil society organizations and environmentalists who have been advocating for the ratification of the Paris Agreement, said that the most important thing now is to contribute to the fulfillment of the commitment made by the country through this agreement Converted into law, to reduce CO2 emissions by 25% by 2030.

De León stated that in order to achieve this goal, it will necessarily be required to abandon coal in Punta Catalina plants and convert them to natural gas, otherwise it will be impossible to comply with the recently approved Paris Agreement.

“After the Paris Agreement was approved, the Dominican Republic has the right to demand that US President Donald Trump honor the commitments that that nation contracted with the international community under this agreement,” he said.

He affirmed that if Trump abandons the Paris Agreement and continues with its policy of eliminating restrictions against the pollution of coal and other fossil fuels, “he will be directly responsible for the damages caused by climate change in the Caribbean and in the other islands In all the planet “.

He called on the Dominican Republic to become the leader of the island states that will be most adversely affected by the increase in carbon dioxide emissions caused by Trump’s regressive policy, calling for a meeting of all the islands to establish concrete measures for face this threat and “make him accountable for the disasters we will have in the near future.”

The environmentalist leader also congratulated the organizations that for more than six months participated in the campaign for the ratification of the Paris Agreement and thanked the population and the media for supporting this campaign that has achieved today Ratification of this agreement.

NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE, CNLCC

Cámara de Diputados convierte en ley el Acuerdo de París sobre el Cambio Climátic -0109.

At midday today, officials of the National Council for Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanism of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and representatives of organizations, pose with the deputy Francisco Matos, president of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Of the Chamber of Deputies following the approval by that body of the Paris Agreement.

 

Cámara de Diputados convierte en ley el Acuerdo de París sobre el Cambio Climátic -0084.
Moments in which the deputy Francisco Matos motivates the plenary of that House to vote in favor of the Paris Agreement this morning.

 

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