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A record number of countries have said they intend to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change at a high-level ceremony at the United Nations headquarters on Friday, 22 April 2016, on Mother Earth Day.

"The number of countries that have indicated their intentions to attend and sign the Paris Agreement on 22 April is now up to 155", said UN Secretary General's spokesperson Farhan Haq, in a press conference on Friday.

This would be a landmark in international law, as the number of signatories of the Paris Agreement would then surpass the previous record of 119 signatures for an opening day signing for an international agreement, set by the Law of the Sea in Montego Bay in 1982.

See the provisional list of Parties that have indicated their intentions to sign the Paris Agreement as well as countries that will deposit their instruments of acceptance on the same day.

Learn more about the organisational arrangements, schedule and programmes of the Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony.

In the interview below, Santiago Villalpando of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs speaks to the significance of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and why it's so important that it's signed by all Parties.

Join Earth Day and Support the Paris Agreement

To mark this special signing ceremony, a social media tree-planting campaign has also been launched. The campaign uses the hashtags #ParisAgreement and #Trees4Earth. Find out how to participate here

Or participate in the #ParisAgreement #Means4Me mini-campaign, focusing on the next stage of the journey to a better world — the opening of the Agreement for signature.

Photo credit: UN Photo/Sophia Paris

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