Singapore Hails Historic Paris Climate Pact

Singapore hailed the adoption of the Paris climate change agreement on Saturday (12 Dec), calling it historic and crucial for setting the world on a path to a safer future.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan told the conference hosted in Paris that Singapore was proud to be part of a major global agreement in which all nations will play a part in limiting the pace of climate change.

“What all Parties have achieved is a historic, global agreement which strikes the right balance between developed and developing Parties, the right balance between mitigation and adaptation, and the right balance between means of implementation and ambition”, he wrote on Facebook.

He acknowledged that the agreement, reached after two weeks of intense negotiations, was not perfect. But for the first time, the world has a climate pact where all nations would participate in cutting planet-warming emissions, with their actions open to scrutiny and, crucially, to be strengthened over time.

"Singapore has always emphasised the need for a comprehensive, rules-based, legally binding agreement applicable to all. Without universal participation, we will fail the future generations," he said.

Singapore played an outsized role for the talks. Minister Balakrishnan was a co-facilitator appointed by the French to find resolutions on the issue of differentiation between the roles and responsibilities of rich and poor nations. Singapore also played a key role in guiding discussions on the transparency of national actions.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also hailed the deal, saying, “Each of us must play our part, to make personal choices that protect the environment ... Let us work together to ensure the future of our planet for our children and generations to come”.

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Sources: “Singapore hails climate change pact as crucial step to safer future” (The Straits Times, 14 Dec 2015); “S’pore hails historic deal, which ‘strikes right balance’” (TODAY, 13 Dec 2015)

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