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Paris Climate Agreement to enter into force on 4 November

The global agreement on climate change mitigation, the Paris Agreement is to enter into force on 4 November 2016 after recent ratification by the EU.

The Paris Agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 parties, representing at least 55 percent of global emissions have ratified. Ratification by countries and the EU exceeds the 55 percent threshold for emissions.

While the targets in the agreement are not legally binding, countries do need to report on emissions and their progress on reaching the goals in the national climate plans which they submitted to the UN, as well as updating their emission reduction plans every five years. As emission reduction plans of the countries so far are not enough to limit global temperature increase below 1.5 C degrees, the Agreement does emphasis the urgent need to do so.

It is expected that the main theme of this year’s UNFCCC COP22 climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco (from 7 – 18 November) will focus on increasing climate actions before 2020 with regards to an article in the Paris Agreement, aiming at the revision of emission reduction targets by 2018.

More information
Paris Agreement – Status of Ratification, UNFCCC

European Commission press release: Paris Climate Agreement to enter into force as EU agrees ratification

Originally posted on 28 October 2016

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