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US President, Joe Bidden, Signs Kigali Amendment Protocol

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The U.S. President, Joe Bidden has signed, the Kigali Amendment Protocol, an international agreement that binds signatories to reduce the consumption of hydrofluorocarbons.

In a tweet posted on Friday October 28, Bidden said that he is proud to sign Kigali Amendment and described the move as “bipartisan” for American manufacturing and global climate action.

“I’m proud to sign the Kigali Agreement- a historic, bipartisan win for American manufacturing and global climate action,” he said in a tweet, adding that, “My administration is phasing down super-polluting chemicals so the U.S can lead the clean technology markets of the future and unlock thousands of new jobs.”

The signing of the treaty comes after the U.S Senate gave support to consent to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

“The U.S. environmental and business communities strongly support U.S. ratification of the Kigali Amendment, which will help to ensure U.S. industry remains a global leader in the development, manufacturing, production and deployment of HFC alternatives,” the US Department of State said in statement in September.

U.S. official sources estimate US$12.5 billion in new investments in the U.S. economy over the next decade.

The U.S. joins 137 other countries that have already ratified the Kigali Amendment, in which, its global implementation seeks to avoid as much as half a degree Celsius of warming by the end of the century.

The endorsement of the treaty also comes ahead of COP 17, a major climate summit expected to take place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

It will be the first time for Africa to host such mega-conference discussing climate agendas.

Kigali Amendment Protocol was signed in 2016 during a historic meeting held in Kigali where the parties adopted the treaty and commit to implementing the legal framework.