Today, the Paris Agreement officially entered into force after being ratified by nearly 100 nations. In reaction, Oxfam America’s Climate Change Manager, Heather Coleman made the following statement:
“The Paris Agreement is a historic moment and critical step forward in combating climate change and shows that global leaders understand the urgency and need to tackle the issue and the importance to shift to a greener, carbon free world.
"As negotiators head to Marrakech for the United Nations climate change conference next week, countries need to continue to work towards strengthen the Paris Agreement and scale up commitments to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
"Oxfam estimates that only a small fraction of climate financial assistance is actually reaching the most vulnerable communities who need it most. As over 60 million people face hunger alone this year due to climate related disasters, it’s important negotiators make sure closing this finance gap is on the table at COP22.
"Oxfam thanks President Obama for his leadership in climate and calls for the next Administration to continue to strengthen US global leadership and ambition in the climate change fight."