The Verkhovna Rada has ratified Paris Agreement on reducing the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from 2020. 279 MPs voted for the agreement.
The agreement is aimed to hold the increase in the global average temperature well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.
The agreement was signed on 12 December 2015 in Paris at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
As a result of ratification of Paris Agreement Ukraine shall join an international legal instrument, replacing Kyoto Protocol and providing for every party of a Framework Convention on Climate Change shall take specific actions to combat climate change due to their possibilities in the light of the national peculiarities.
Paris Agreement shall enter into its force only if 55 countries that produce at least 55% of the world's greenhouse gas emissionsratify, accept, approve or accede to the agreement.