World leaders gather in Morocco to tackle climate change


By Sarah Kimani

November 07, 2016

Also published by South African Broadcasting Corporation

World leaders and environmentalists meeting in Morocco for the UN climate change conference are beginning on Monday to work on a "Rule Book" on the global agreement to combat climate change also known as the Paris Agreement.

The agreement entered into force on Friday last week.

At least 100 countries have ratified the Paris agreement, which seeks to slow global warming by shifting to cleaner energies.

The accord has the backing of some of the world's top emitters of greenhouse gases including China, India and the United States.

Developing countries gathered in Morocco beginning Monday, will be keen to see if developed countries will commit to raising $100 billion per year by 2020 to help them adapt to the effects of climate change.

Next week the Paris Agreement's governing body, known as the CMA, will hold its first meeting.

The agreement's primary goal is to limit global warming below 2°C and as close to 1.5°C as possible to stem dangerous effects of global warming.

The rulebook will have details on how governments will measure, account for and review global climate action.

Work on the rulebook should be complete by 2018.