As many nations make calls for the swift ratification of the Paris Agreement, the profound impacts of climate change is hitting home, 2016 is forecast to be the hottest on record and more extreme weather events hit across the globe. 55 countries – representing 55 per cent of global emissions – need to ratify the agreement for it to formally take effect, and early support is in countries’ interest according to a UN aid. Failing to ratify could leave countries out in the cold when it comes to deciding just how the new agreement will work, potentially putting them at a diplomatic and economic disadvantage. As over 130 countries prepare to head to New York for the biggest ever UN signing ceremony – a symbolic first step towards fully implementing the agreement – calls are growing for countries to urgently adopt the deal and enact national laws and policies in line with the rapid global decarbonisation and the 1.5DegC temperature limit agreed in Paris.
— IRENA (@IRENA) April 12, 2016
- Momentum for climate action continues to grow at all levels. This month, 130 countries are expected to take part in the biggest UN signing ceremony in history; another collective acknowledgement of the climate threat and an important first step towards implementing the Paris Agreement. Meanwhile businesses, investors and citizens continue to up the stakes in the global transition to a 100 percent renewable future.
- Delivering on Paris means turning promises into action. Four small island states have already passed laws in support of the Agreement and countries from China to Germany and the UK are examining new legislation to take them closer to their Paris pledges. The sooner all governments move towards implementation and action the sooner they will embark on their collective abandonment of dirty energy.
- Countries getting ahead of the curve are reaping the benefits. Renewables are booming; clean energy investment outstripped that in fossil fuels two to one in 2015, and doubling capacity by 2030 could boost GDP by $1.3 trillion, create 24.4 million new jobs and save 4 million lives a year. Taking swift action now will see countries reap the climate, economic and health benefits of the transition, while falling behind will see them lacking clout on the international stage and stuck on volatile dirty energy sources.
- UN expects over 130 nations to sign Paris Agreement this month (BusinessGreen)
- Nations seek rapid ratification of Paris climate deal, four-year lock (Reuters)
- UN: Ratify Paris climate deal or face exclusion from decisions (Climate Home)
- UN’s Paris climate deal could enter into force this year (Climate Home)
- Paris climate deal seen taking effect two years ahead of plan (Bloomberg)
- Emerging powers to sign Paris climate deal on 22 April (Climate Home)
Tools and Resources
- Blog: Paris Climate Agreement 101: No jargon, just facts (UN Foundation)
- Podcast: A conversation about the Paris Agreement (UNFCCC)
- Interactive: The Paris Agreement on climate change (Carbon Brief)
- Article: Fiji first to ratify Paris climate change pact (Climate Home)
- Text: The Paris Agreement (UNFCCC)
- Blog: Paris 2015: Tracking country climate pledges (Carbon Brief)
- Article: What’s Ahead for Climate Change in 2016? (Discovery News)
- Article: Climate calls in 2016 (Climate Change News)
- Video: Was the world serious in Paris? (ClientEarth)
- Graphic: Our task is not over (Climate Reality)
- Photo: Paris Agreement (Flickr)
- Graphic: The Agreement by the numbers (UN Foundation)
- “Forward-thinking governments and economies should be racing to New York, pen in hand. But signing is just the first step. If countries were serious about the collective vision that drove the Paris Agreement, every single Party should already be setting a date to enshrine its Nationally Determined Contribution into national law. This and only this will give us a fighting chance of keeping temperature increase to 1.5C.” – ClientEarth CEO, James Thornton
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- RT @ADB_HQ Ratification, not signing, is critical test for Paris #climatedeal http://buzz.mw/b1nwc_f via @ClimateHome
- MT @StollmeyerEU #Climate #ParisAgreement seen taking effect 2 years ahead of plan. http://bloom.bg/1ScVqfN #EU2030 #COP21 #ActOnClimate