Paris Agreement & COP224 November 2016 - The Paris Agreement enters into force today - making it one of the fastest international agreements to come into force in the history of the United Nations.
The threshold of 55 countries, representing at least 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions, was achieved. It is a historic achievement that deserves to be celebrated.
Morocco and the ratification of the Paris AgreementOn 5 June 2015, Morocco was the second African country after Gabon and 38th in the world to publish its National Contribution by pledging to reduce by 32% its emissions of greenhouse gas by 2030. On 26 July, 2016, members of the first Chamber of Parliament of the Kingdom of Morocco adopted bill 42-16 approving the Paris Agreement.
Why it mattersCOP22 will clarify the arrangements for the implementation of this Agreement, transforming the principles agreed to in Paris into concrete actions related to adaptation, transparency, technology transfer, mitigation, capacity building and loss and damage.
Countries are now expected to submit their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to finalise their climate change commitments under the Paris Agreement. Details on how to monitor and verify the commitments as well as climate financing will also continue to be discussed, alongside plans to scale up the ambition of the initial NDCs.
What WWF is doing about itWWF is working to push governments to submit their most ambitious NDCs possible and monitoring that the domestic action needed to live up to them is being done. It is important to ensure governments redouble their climate efforts in the few years left until 2020. For WWF, this is a high priority and a real-world necessity if countries are to meet the long-term temperature targets agreed to in Paris.
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