Paris Climate Agreement: record ratification

Published in the dossier of January 2017

Three days ahead of the beginning of COP22 in Marrakech, from November 7 to 18, the Paris climate agreement entered into force, less than one year after its adoption by 192 countries during COP21. The ratification threshold – 55 States representing 55% of greenhouse gas emissions – was rapidly reached and 97 countries have ratified it to date. However, a report published on November 3 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) raises the alarm: according to forecasts, with the emission reduction commitments currently made by the States, the temperature increase will still be between 2.9 and 3.4°C by the end of the century. To limit this threat, the Paris Agreement contains provisions for these commitments to be revised on a five-year cyclical basis.

“If we don’t act boldly, the bill that could come due will be mass migrations, and cities submerged and nations displaced, and food supplies decimated, and conflicts born of despair.”
Barack Obama, President of theUnited States,
on the rostrum of the UN general assembly on September 20, 2016, exhorting the signatory countries of the Paris Climate Agreement to implement it as soon as possible so as not to leave these questions to future generations.

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