Paris agreement becomes international law
The Paris Agreement to combat climate change becomes international law on 4 November 2016 — a landmark that the United Nations says signals
the beginning of a new chapter for humankind and demonstrates that countries are serious about addressing global warming.
- So far, 96 countries, accounting for just over two thirds of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, have formally joined the accord which seeks limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). Many more countries are expected to come aboard the coming weeks and months.
- UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to commemorate “this historic day for both the people and the planet” by holding a conversation on Friday with civil society organizations about how they can contribute to the objectives of the Paris agreement.