UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that the Paris climate agreement will come into force as of November 4, 2016. It is reported by the UN News Center.
Canada, Bolivia, Nepal, the European Union and New Zealand joined the agreement during the round table meeting.
“This is a momentous occasion”, said Mr. Ban. "What once seemed unthinkable, is now unstoppable. Strong international support for the Paris Agreement entering into force is a testament to the urgency for action, and reflects the consensus of governments that robust global cooperation, grounded in national action, is essential to meet the climate challenge,” he added.
The pact will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 per cent of global greenhouse emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance or accession with the Secretary-General.
Earlier this week, New Zealand and India signed onto the Agreement, following the 31 countries which joined at a special event at the UN on 21 September during the UN General Assembly’s general debate. Earlier that month, the world’s two largest emitters, China and the United States, joined the Agreement.
Ban Ki-moon urged all Governments and the private sector to achieve the implementation of the new treaty, to take urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to support the most vulnerable communities to adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change.
UN chief also urged States that had not yet ratified the Paris Agreement, to join the circle of participants in the near future.
He also recalled that in November Marrakech will host the 22nd Conference of the member countries of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Source: UN News Center