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The Paris Climate Change Agreement

October 21, 2016

On October 5, 2016, the threshold for entry into force of the Paris Agreement was achieved. The Paris Agreement will enter into force on 4 November 2016.

The Paris Agreement was adopted on December 12, 2015 at the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Paris from November 30 to December 13, 2015.

The agreement enters into force 30 days after 55 countries that account for at least 55% of global emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification.

The Agreement, the latest step in the evolution of the UN climate change regime, seeks to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.  It seeks to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius and strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change.

Authoritative information on the status of the Paris Agreement, including information on signatories to the Agreement, ratification and entry into force, is provided through the United Nations Treaty Collection website, and the Depositary Notifications.  Background information on the ratification of the Paris Agreement is found on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change website.

On October 21, 2016, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Climate Change Agreement receives the 2016 Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation, at a ceremony presided by the King and Queen of Spain.

The European Commission Paris Agreement website provides the EU vision for the Paris Protocol, Consultative Communications and EU submissions.   The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) Paris Agreement website provides a helpful Q&A.   Stop by the 1st floor of the Library to view an exhibit highlighting the Paris Agreement.

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