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COP21 - Implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement

COP21 - Implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement

Published on August 25, 2016
A meeting dedicated to the ratification of the Paris Agreement will take place on September 21, 2016, on the occasion of high-level meetings of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

In a letter to the governments signatory to the Paris Agreement, Ségolène Royal, President of COP21, and Salaheddine Mezouar, President of COP22, called for the pursuit of international mobilization for climate change and rapid ratification of the agreement.

Ms Royal and Mr Mezouar also recalled that UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon has invited Heads of States and Governments to a meeting on the subject on September 21 in New York. An event that is part of the high-level meetings schedule of the 71st United Nations General Assembly, beginning September 19. The meeting on climate will allow the Parties that have completed the ratification process to file the relevant documents or to commit to a specific timetable.

The signing of the agreement will be possible from 22 April 2016 to 21 April 2017 at UN headquarters. As of April 22, 2016, Earth Day, 175 Parties (174 countries and the European Union) have signed and 15 have deposited their instruments of ratification. The Paris agreement will enter into force when it has been ratified by 55 countries responsible together for at least 55% of greenhouse gas emissions.

In November 2016, Marrakech will succeed Paris as the host city of the UN Climate Conference. If Lima in 2014 was "the COP of negotiations," and Paris 2015 "the COP of decisions", then Marrakech 2016 will be "the COP for action", in the words of Hakima El Haite, Moroccan Minister Delegate for the Environment.

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