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Every UN climate negotiation brings with it a litany of jargon that even experts struggle to understand. Our jargon cheat sheet explains the buzzwords to watch at the latest round of negotiations in Marrakech, Morocco and their implications for curbing climate change.

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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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Is this what historic opportunity looks like? Paula Caballero, WRI Climate Director, discusses how the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals influence policymakers towards more holistic poverty and climate action.


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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