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The 2016 Paris Accord Results

In 2015, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNCCC) took place in Paris, France and made headway on the first legally-binding global climate deal. Using the best science available, the 2016 Paris Accord (L'accord de Paris) calls for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions mitigation, and will ultimately aim to limit an increase in the global temperature to well below 2.0 C.

Per the 2015 UNCCC, the adaptation and finance of this agreement were set to begin in 2020, however, the final start date was mistakenly omitted in the final draft of the Paris Agreement. Just two days before Earth Day, the US and China announced they would push for the agreement to be implemented by a much earlier date, possibly 2016 or 2017.

A record-breaking one hundred and seventy-five (175) countries signed the agreement on April 22nd, 2016, at the United Nations (UN) headquarters. Since then, thirty-four (34) countries have submitted their instruments of ratification. The Paris Agreement can enter in to force as soon as fifty-five (55) countries join and fifty-five (55) percent of GHG emissions are represented. The process of submitting an instrument of ratification is longer for some countries; therefore it is unlikely that all will be able to join the agreement by 2016 or 2017.

Next month a Climate Action meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., bringing together experts from various disciplines from all over the world. This meeting will begin the groundwork and structure of the Paris Agreement, and again, will encourage all countries to join as soon as possible. Secretary-General, Ban Kimoon, has high hopes that the momentum of this Paris Agreement will not falter.

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