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WRI hosted a press call with international climate experts just hours before the Paris Agreement crossed the threshold of entry into force on Wednesday, October 5, to give context around this historic moment. The Paris Agreement will enter into force 30 days after the thresholds of 55 countries and 55 percent of global emissions have been crossed.

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The Paris Agreement cleared the final hurdle to enter into force on October 5, 2016, after the European Union submitted its instrument of ratification to the United Nations and the two thresholds of 55 countries and over 55% of global emissions were reached.

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WRI assessed the national constitutions of the top 100 greenhouse gas emitters to understand the process by which each country is authorized to deposit its instrument of ratification, acceptance, or approval and join the Paris Agreement as a Party. The extent and breadth of domestic political support that each country will need in order to join the Paris Agreement will depend, at least in part, on its type of process for joining the Agreement. This analysis forms the basis of the Domestic Approval Map within WRI’s Paris Agreement Tracker.

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The G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, this September brings together leaders of the world's largest economies for the first such gathering since the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate. China and Germany, the G20's current and incoming presidents, need to demonstrate leadership to prove that the top 20 largest economies are prepared to galvanize strong action on climate and clean energy.

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Under the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, countries agreed to hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F). While current national commitments are a substantial improvement, projected warming is still on course to produce dangerous climate impacts. Fortunately, several features of the Agreement can help strengthen national commitments over the long term.

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On Track from Paris maps implementation milestones of key elements of the Paris Agreement. Be sure to mind the gaps and avoid delays to stay on track for an on time arrival at the first session of the Paris Agreement (CMA1).

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