Today the global community has jumped over the final hurdle to bring the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change into full effect. This marks an historic moment in the global transformation to a safer and more prosperous planet.
The Paris Agreement cleared the final hurdle to enter into force today after the European Union submitted its instrument of ratification to the United Nations and the two thresholds of 55 countries and over 55 percent of global emissions were reached.
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.
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.
With the world now on the verge of crossing the thresholds for the Paris Agreement to enter into force, it’s time to start considering what comes next.
Sixty countries representing almost 48 percent of global emissions have now joined the Agreement, crossing one of the two thresholds needed to trigger its entry into force.
The UN will host a special ceremony this week for countries to formally join the landmark Paris Climate Agreement. We still need at least 26 countries representing at least 15 percent of global emissions to join before the deal will take effect.
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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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).