Hopes high for global climate deal’s early entry into force

New York, NY (WWF) – Hopes for the early entry into force of the universal climate Paris Agreement will be boosted this week with a special meeting at the UN on 21 September where at least 20 countries are expected to announce they have ratified the agreement, and others will commit to ratifying it before the end of 2016.

The agreement requires 55 member countries representing 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions to ratify it before it can enter into force. In an unprecedented show of political will, more than 175 countries signed the agreement in April and more than 29 countries representing around 40 per cent of global emissions have ratified it to date.

Commenting on this, Regine Guenther, interim leader of WWF International’s Climate and Energy Practice said all actions which escalated climate action were welcome and necessary. 

“We are already experiencing severe impacts from climate change. The Paris Agreement gives us the framework to keep global temperatures well below 2°C, aiming for 1.5°C. Every effort must be made to ensure its early entry into force and the immediate implementation. Scaling up of the climate actions which governments have committed to under the agreement is urgently required,” she said.protest-455714_1280

Everything we do from this point on must be measured against the upper limit of warming which governments have agreed and be reflected across all sectors, not just through the UNFCCC, she said

“Right after the meeting in New York, the International Civil Aviation Organisation will hold its assembly where countries must again show their commitment to addressing climate change by agreeing to limit emissions in an ambitious and reliable framework for the global aviation sector.”

This will be critical to rein in the rapidly growing emissions from the aviation sector which is not covered by the Paris Agreement, and as a way to deliver on the agreement’s objective of keeping warming well below 2°C, aiming for 1.5°C, said Guenther.

This report prepared by World Wildlife Fund.