The Paris Agreement aims to slow the rise of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide which are blamed for putting Earth on a dangerous warming path. The effects of the gas have negative impacts in particular for low lying islands.
The agreement was approved in Paris last December after years of United Nation Climate Change negotiations.
The deal sets a target for limiting global warming by the year 2100 to below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees F), with the aspirational goal of limiting it to 1.5 degrees, as compared to pre-industrial levels.
To accomplish that, each nation has its own target for reducing emissions and is required to regularly report back to the Conference of Parties on its progress.
For many years, the Cook Islands has played an active role in the fight against the detrimental effects of climate change and the adverse impacts it has on the lives of Pacific people. The Cook Islands is pleased with the commitments that were secured in Paris late last year at the 21st Conference of the Parties, where the voices of the most vulnerable nations in the world were heard loud and clear.
The Cook Islands, together with other fellow Small Islands Developing States, was a strong advocate for greater commitments to be made from developed countries, and this was ultimately reflected in the agreement, now signed by Brown on behalf of the Government.