Paris-Agreement-entry-into-force-ENUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened a special “High-Level Event on Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change” on 21 September at the UN Headquarters in New York for the deposit of instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The high-level event provided an opportunity to other countries to publicly commit to joining the Paris Agreement before the end of 2016.

The Paris Agreement will enter into force 30 days after the date on which at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 per cent of the total global greenhouse gas emissions, have deposited their instruments of ratification or acceptance with the Secretary-General.

This global climate agreement will accelerate the growth of clean energy and help us achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and will strengthen international stability and security, save lives and improve human well-being, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer to Entry into Force in 2016

60 Countries accounting for close to 48 percent of emissions have joined Agreement


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Countries that have publicly committed to join or ratify the Paris Agreement before the end of 2016.

Programme – 21 September 8-9am

  • Opening by Secretary-General
  • Recognition by Secretary-General of those countries who have joined the Paris Agreement since 22 April and before 21 September
  • Deposit of instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval to Secretary-General
  • Committing to join the Paris Agreement in 2016–video
  • Closing by Secretary-General

The event will be livestreamed on

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