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Abbas signs global climate change convention in New York

April 22, 2016 9:43 P.M. (Updated: April 23, 2016 12:41 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in the United Nations headquarters in New York on Friday.

The agreement, approved by the 196 states party to the UN Framework Convention of the Climate Change during the COP21 conference in France in December, has countries pledge to work to limit the global temperature rise to no more than two degrees Celsius.

An estimated 171 countries were expected to sign the document on Friday, coinciding with Earth Day.

During a speech he made after signing the document, Abbas seized the occasion to bring up the French-led efforts to organize a peace conference regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in coming months.

"It has become vital to change the international approach to dealing with the Palestinian cause,” he said. “That is why we support the French initiative, which calls for forming international support groups, holding an international peace convention, and establishing a multi-faceted method to end Israeli occupation of Palestinian land."

"We are deliberating with international parties and relevant Arab ministerial committee to examine the content and timing for proposing a Security Council resolution against settlement activity," he said, as questions have arisen in recent days over whether the Palestinian Authority will actually go through with pushing a resolution.

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