The Third World Network (TWN) has urged developing nations not to rush into signing the Paris Agreement.

The think tank said that countries have until 21 April, 2017, to sign the accord and so do not need to put pen to paper at the signing ceremony on 22 April, 2016.

“Contrary to what has been reported by some online media, TWN did not call on developing countries to boycott the New York signing ceremony,” explained the network.

“What the note states is that developing countries need not rush into signing the Paris Agreement this year, as the COP 21 decision itself provides a one-year time-frame for all Parties to do so, from 22 April 2016 to 21 April 2017.”

Financial commitments

The TWN added: “The note further elaborates that it is critical for developing countries to secure the necessary conditions that will enable them to meet their obligations under the Paris Agreement, including the meeting of commitments by developed countries on the provision of financial resources, technology transfer and capacity-building support.

“Developing countries which are confident that they are ready and able to meet their commitments can of course sign the agreement on 22 April if they so choose to.

“Countries that are not yet ready because their conditions are not yet in a state of preparedness need not feel they are obliged to sign yet.”

> Read the TWN's note