Klimaatakkoord van Parijs binnen drie maanden van kracht
22 september 2016 – Gisteren hebben weer 31 landen het akkoord van Parijs geratificeerd. Bovendien deelde Groot-Brittannië mee het akkoord uiterlijk in december ook te zullen ratificeren. Al met al betekent dat dat het Klimaatakkoord binnen drie maanden van kracht zal zijn.
Uit een bericht van The Guardian
‘(…) Theresa May has given her first major commitment that Britain will continue to tackle climate change after leaving the EU, as she promised to ratify the Paris agreement by the end of the year. The prime minister used her maiden speech at the United Nations in New York to say the UK remained determined to “play our part in the international effort against climate change … In a demonstration of our commitment to the agreement reached in Paris, the UK will start its domestic procedures to enable ratification of the Paris agreement and complete these before the end of the year,” she said. (…) She has rarely spoken about the subject in the past and was accused of a regressive step when she abolished the Department of Energy and Climate Change after taking office. (…)’
Uit een bericht van New Scientist
‘(…) Some 60 countries have now ratified the world’s first comprehensive climate deal, meeting one of two thresholds needed to bring the agreement into force.
At an event at the United Nations 31 countries submitted their ratification of the Paris Agreement, which commits countries to cutting greenhouse emissions to stop dangerous climate change, bringing the total who have done so to 60.
For the Paris Agreement, secured in the French capital last December, to come into force, it must be ratified by at least 55 countries accounting for 55 per cent of the world’s emissions.
The 55 countries target has now been met, while the emissions total is just below 48 per cent.
The European Union is under pressure to fast-track its ratification of the deal, which would allow the bloc’s 12 per cent of global emissions to count towards the total before all individual member states had ratified the agreement. (…) Those who ratified on Wednesday included Mexico, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco, which is hosting the next round of climate talks in November. UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said the momentum towards bringing the agreement into force was “remarkable”.“It can sometimes take years or even decades for a treaty to enter into force. It is just nine months since the Paris climate conference. This is testament to the urgency of the crisis we all face,” he said. (…)’
The Guardian, 20 september 2016: Theresa May: UK to ratify Paris climate change deal this year
NewScientist, 21 september 2016: Paris climate deal may come into force by the end of 2016
United Nations, 21 september 2016: ‘There is no time to waste’ Ban says, as Paris climate accord crosses first threshold for entry into force