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UN ready to implement climate deal in Morocco

  • Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco, speaks during a press conference at U.N. headquarters, Thursday Sept. 22, 2016, as the meeting of the 71st session of the General Assembly continues. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco, speaks during a press conference at U.N. headquarters, Thursday Sept. 22, 2016, as the meeting of the 71st session of the General Assembly continues. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)  (The Associated Press)

  • Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco, listens during a press conference at U.N. headquarters, Thursday Sept. 22, 2016, as the meeting of the 71st session of the General Assembly continues. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco, listens during a press conference at U.N. headquarters, Thursday Sept. 22, 2016, as the meeting of the 71st session of the General Assembly continues. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)  (The Associated Press)

  • North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

With the Paris Agreement on climate change poised to take effect, diplomats now head to Morocco to hammer out the difficult details of how to make it work and raise the $100 billion needed each year to meet its ambitious goals.

Morocco's Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar said he expects to announce that countries accounting for over 55 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions have formally joined the treaty — the threshold needed to trigger the landmark agreement — when he presides over the 22nd U.N. Climate Conference in Marrakech that starts on Nov. 7.

"Once the treaty takes effect, the next steps will require concrete actions on the part of world governments to start implementing concrete policies in order to adapt," said Mezouar.