Today, September 21, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened a special event – the “High-Level Event on Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change” – to speed the ratification of the historic international climate agreement finalized at COP21 last December. The Paris Agreement enters into force once at least 55 countries, representing 55% of global emissions, submit their formal ratification, which could happen as soon as the end of the year. So far, 60 countries accounting for close to 48% of emissions have formally joined.
The earlier the Paris Agreement takes force, the sooner that countries can set to work on the emissions reductions goals pledged at COP21. A quick ratification process would be an incredibly positive signal of continued international cooperation and increasing ambition on tackling climate change – during the Paris Climate Talks, many did not anticipate the agreement entering into force for the next several years. Climate Generation participated in COP21 last December, bringing a delegation of 10 educators to experience the negotiations and share back to their students, and is thrilled to see the world continue to come together on climate action.
“We’re excited to see the rapid pace of adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement,” said Nicole Rom, Climate Generation’s Executive Director. “This is good news for our climate and a testament to the durable international will that has built up over the years, recognizing the importance of addressing climate change. The solutions are at hand, and the sooner we get to work on reducing our emissions the better off we will all be.”
You can follow the Paris Agreement as it moves closer towards “entry into force” by visiting the UN’s website, and this World Resources Institute blog offers additional context. Climate Generation will also be sharing insights and news around this year’s COP22 conference, to be held in Marrakech, Morocco from November 7-18.