Statement on the entry-into-force of the Paris Agreement

Posted on October, 04 2016

GLAND, Switzerland (4 October, 2016) – The global climate deal agreed in Paris last year has met the minimum requirements for entry-into-force. The Paris Agreement will now enter-into-force just days before the next global climate meeting in Marrakech, Morocco which starts on 7 November.

In response, WWF issued the following statement from Regine Guenther, interim leader of WWF International’s Climate and Energy Practice:

“The fact that the Paris Agreement will enter into force less than a year after it was agreed is amazing, and a real sign that climate change is being taken seriously globally. While countries have met the requirements for this, there are still many countries who have to ratify it and we urge them to do this as quickly as possible.
"Focus on climate action must now shift to implementation at national levels. The same political winds that drove the ratification process, should now drive the momentum for  urgent and accelerated implementation of the country climate pledges.
“Despite today’s great news, we already know that these climate pledges that underpin the Paris Agreement will not be enough to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. We also need to see scaled up efforts both from countries and all other sectors.
"We urge the politicians who made the Paris Agreement possible to make the most of opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are presently being considered by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and the International Maritime Organisation, and under the Montreal Protocol.”
Paris Agreement approved at COP22
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